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ROALD DAHL Collection 15 Books Box Set Phizz Wizzing Collection Book New

ROALD DAHL Collection 15 Books Box Set Collection

The Roald Dahl children's books have been one of children's great loves even as a grown-up.

This slipcased edition is a wonderful collection of his children's novels. Although each book is unique, this collected edition allows us to traverse through Dahl's writing over his 27 years of writing children's books to see how his style developed. You can also know more about the various connecting threads between the disparate stories.

Taking his children's works as a set you can get a better idea of how Dahl mixes the naughty and nice elements of his stories through constant running themes. The naughty elements of despicable characters and disgusting appearances are counterbalanced with the nice elements of fantasy, weird and wonderful characters, and meaningful relationships between children and grown-ups. You also find it interesting that Dahl touches on adult themes such as loneliness.

You like to think how the baddies are mostly cut from the same cloth. They are enormous and they look disgusting. The aunts from James and the Giant Peach, the farmers from Fantastic Mr. Fox, Miss Trunchbull, the witches and the nine child-eating giants are all drawn in a similar repulsive way, even with their unique characteristics in each book.

Beneath the facade of baddies and the fantastic settings of the stories, there are some interesting themes that run throughout the Dahl novels.

You will be struck by the many positive relationships between child characters and grown-ups. You see it almost immediately in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie and Grandpa Joe dote on each other, as do Mr. Fox and his family, Danny and his father, the boy-hero and his grandmother, Sophie and the BFG, and even Matilda and Miss Honey. Interestingly enough Dahl infuses his stories with the theme of meaningful personal relationships to make up for the loss of his father at an early age, and so he is using his stories to make up for this real-life deprivation. You find this aspect of Dahl's stories very touching, even when you read about George's relationship with his father in George's Marvellous Medicine. You could almost cry when you read about the relationship between Matilda and Miss Honey. The scene where Matilda tells Miss Honey that she used her eyes to spill water on Miss Trunchbull is very moving. Matilda is honest and Miss Honey does not condemn Matilda. She just calmly tries to help Matilda to find out why she acts in this way. The friendship between the BFG is very touching, as he acts like a father-figure to Sophie while still befriending her. Although he kidnapped Sophie from the orphanage, Sophie turns out to lead a better life with the BFG. And you defy youself to not cry when reading The Witches because of the doting grandmother who stands by the boy hero even though the witches turn him into a mouse with their delayed action mouse maker.

You will like to think how many Dahl stories have Cinderella-type elements in them. In James and the Giant Peach the two nasty aunts are like the ugly stepsisters. James's life would have been more miserable had he not been given the crocodile tongues, and the man who gives them to James is like a fairy godmother. You also like to think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a Cinderella story too. Mr. Willy Wonka is like the Fairy Godmother and the Prince. The Golden Ticket takes Charlie into the factory like the pumpkin coach that takes Cinderella to the palace. And the four nasty children are like the ugly sisters even though they don't bother Charlie. Matilda is like Cinderella too because Miss Honey manages to save Matilda from the nasty parents while Matilda saves Miss Honey from Miss Trunchbull's bullying.

It is wonderful to see these themes in the Dahl stories so that you know that the nice elements counterbalance the naughty elements.

Each book in this box set is a wonderful gem and has its own individual strengths and character. Admittedly, while you enjoyed the stories, you did sense that Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was weak compared to the rest of the stories. It didn't have the same panache as the stand-alone stories and the disparate episodes seemed to hang together loosely.

All-in-all, this box set is a wonderful collection of stories and they might even qualify as modern, enduring classics.

James and the Giant Peach

This is a new edition of this hugely popular story of James and his journey to New York with the strangest group of insect friends. It features a great new Quentin Blake cover and new author biography.

The BFG 

Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy-whiffling human beans.

And there's only one giant who can stop them - the BFG. He's the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotsome friends forever...

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

The giraffe, the pelican and the agile monkey set out to prove that they are the best window-cleaning company around. This edition has some new facts about Roald Dahl, and a great new cover featuring Quentin Blake's illustrations.


Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

Poor, misunderstood Matilda fights back against an unappreciative world through a hidden talent: Matilda is the world's greatest practical joker! Little effort is needed to put one over on her obnoxious parents, but can shy little Matilda handle the formidable headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and win the respect of every kid in school? Yes!

The Witches

Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise these vile creatures – but can they get rid of them for good?

Going Solo

"Going Solo" is the action-packed tale of Roald Dahlas exploits as a World War II pilot. Learn all about his encounters with the enemy, his worldwide travels, the life-threatening injuries he sustained in a plane accident, and the rest of his sometimes bizarre, often unnerving, and always colorful adventures.

George's Marvellous Medicine

Young George mixes a medicine to make his nasty grandmother more likeable, and once she drinks it she grows to immense proportions. George's father wants the formula to breed a race of super-size livestock, but George can't duplicate the recipe. His fourth try is a potion that shrinks the drinker to nothing - and greedy Grandma drinks it with expected results!

Danny Champion of the World

Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gypsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against horrible, red-faced Mr Victor Hazell...

The Twits

"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it looks so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it."

How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything — except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

Charlie & Great Glass Elevator

Charlie Bucket has WON Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it. In a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way.

Boy Tales of Childhood

The remarkable story of Roald Dahl's early years at school and with his family. Like his stories, Dahl's childhood tales are unmissable. This edition has a great new Quentin Blake cover and a new end section of facts about Roald Dahl.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

There is nothing better you can do to boost your child's reading confidence than reading to them from an early age. So don't shy away from reading short chapter books to your four or five year old. Especially if they are bursting with imagination and itching for stories. And what better place to start than Roald Dahl? Fantastic Mr Fox is a brilliant story to share - it's full of humour, bogus villains and family love. Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the most horriblest, meanest farmers you could ever come across. And they hate Mr Fox more than anything! Mr Fox steals their chickens and ducks, so why wouldn't they employ a giant digger to get him out of his hole? These mean farmers won't stop at anything to catch Mr Fox! But Mr Fox won't stop at anything to save his wife and kids. Mr Fox is clever, handsome and of course FANTASTIC and so it's no surprise that he manages to outwit the greedy farmers and save not only his own family but all the animals that live underground - Mr Rabbit, Mr Weasil, Mr Badger, Mr Mole and all their families.

This story is full of Dahl's trademark humour. It is also full of a Dahlesque sense of morality - it is a story about a father's deep love for his family and his efforts to see them protected from the big bad world outside. Perhaps Fantastic Mr Fox is a good story for Dads to share with their children?

And remember the golden rule in reading to your child - if there are words or ideas that your child doesn't quite understand DO NOT FEAR - you simply need to explain the words and ideas in a way that is appropriate to your child. It's one of the great beauties of reading to children - word building, language development and therefore an understanding of story. In the case of Fantastic Mr Fox, you might have to explain to your five-year-old son or daughter what a belch is. In Fantastic Mr Fox it's not just a burp, but the appreciation of a good, hard-earned meal. What could be more fun?

Esio Trot

The wonderful warm-hearted story of Mr Hoppy, Mrs Silver and the tortoise who brings them together. This edition has a great new Quentin Blake cover as well as some new biographical facts about Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket loves chocolate. And Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It's the prize of a lifetime! Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await – Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his.

The Magic Finger

The story of a little girl with magical powers. When someone makes her angry she zaps a punishment on them with her magic flashing finger! This edition has a great new cover, with illustrations by Quentin Blake, and some new facts about Roald Dahl and his world.

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