Five for Friday – Celebrating Roald Dahl

Hello lovely followers. As some of you may know on Thursday this week it was National Roald Dahl Day. In celebration of this magical and brilliant author I have chosen 5x of my favourite characters that Roald Dahl created.

Since childhood Roald Dahl has always been one of my favourite authors. His strange, misbehaving, wacky characters captured my heart and I couldn’t get enough of it. His creative and unique storylines often with a good twist and his horrible, nasty, fun and playful characters will always stay with me. I hope one day I can read his collection to my little niece, when she is old enough and maybe one day to my own children. I still enjoy Roald Dahl’s books as a grown up, I loved his autobiographies and his more adult short stories. I think anyone and everyone can enjoy Roald Dahl’s crazy and magical world as long as you are open to a bit of weirdness.

1. Matilda
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I always loved Matilda. I think because I loved reading so much as a child I could relate to her and the fact her adoptive parents wouldn’t let her read or go to the library, I was disgusted! Then you find out this lovely nerdy bookworm has magical powers!!! This is probably the first book I read as a child with a brilliant female lead. I love Matilda!

2. The Twits
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The Twits is a very short book but it is still one of my favourites. The Twits are hilarious and I love that Roald Dahl plays on the fact that grumpy, mean old couples bicker and fight and try to always win. They are dirty, disgusting and like nothing I have ever read before.

3. The BFG
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What’s not to love… he’s big, he’s friends and he’s a giant. I love the way he speaks and the way Roald Dahl gave him some creative gobildigook words: Crodsquinkled. … Trogglehumper. … Quogwinkle. … Ucky-mucky. …

4. Grandpa Joe
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Joe is one of the more “ordinary” characters in Roald Dahl’s collection. But I love him so much. He is laid up in bed, old and ill but when he gets a chance to help his Grandson Charlie out he literally jumps at the chance. He is so excited and the boys happiness gives him a spark to his life again. He is sweet, kind, wise and generous and just wants the best for Charlie a model Grandpa.

5. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker
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Two of the notorious villains in Dahl’s collection. The two Aunts in James and the Giant Peach are horrible! They are basically abusive to James and as soon as they see the giant peach they see money. They are cruel, strict, nasty, vile and scary! One tall and thin one short and fat this double act of meanness are horrific but I loved reading about them.

What Roald Dahl characters are your favourites? Which book is your favourite? I would love to know so get in touch. Thanks for reading. Katie x

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