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