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The Roald Dahl Chronicles




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(The first book in the Charlie series)
(1964)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




The gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory are opening at last--and only five children will be allowed inside.





Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
(The second book in the Charlie series)
(1972)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




"Mr. Dahl recounts the further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka with rollicking hilarity." -- American Statesman.








The Magic Finger
(1966)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




The Gregg family loves hunting, but their eight-year-old neighbour can't stand it. After countless pleas for them to stop are ignored, she has no other choice -- she has to put her magic finger on them. Now the Greggs are a family of birds, and like it or not, they're going to find out how it feels to be on the other end of the gun.


James and the Giant Peach
(1961)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




When magic touches an old peachtree, strange things start happening. A giant peach grows as large as a house, and when James crawls inside, the adventure begins.










Fantastic Mr. Fox
(1970)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




Mr. Fox is surrounded! He's going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.





Danny: The Champion of the World
(1975)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




Danny's dad had a secret, but now the secret's out and it's going to lead Danny on the adventure of a lifetime.





The Enormous Crocodile
(1976)
A novel by
Roald Dahl





My Uncle Oswald
(1979)
A novel by
Roald Dahl





Uncle Oswald is the greatest rogue, bounder, connoisseur, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. These are his fictional diaries.





The Twits
(1980)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate almost everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle -Wumps. But now the Muggle-Wumps want revenge.





George's Marvellous Medicine
(1981)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




George's grouchy grandmother needs a taste of her own medicine--and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!





The BFG
(1982)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




The BFG is one of Dahl's most loveable character creations. Whether galloping off with Sophie nestled into the soft skin of his ear to capture dreams as though they were exotic butterflies; speaking his delightful, jumbled, squib-fangled patois; or whizzpopping for the Queen, he leaves an indelible impression of bigheartedness.





The Witches
(1983)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch. Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him. Ages 7-12





Dirty Beasts
(1984)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




Unsuspecting humans get their final comeuppance in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. In between laughs, both adult and child will see in these rhymes the folly of pretences and the sheer joy of the ridiculous.





The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
(1985)
A novel by
Roald Dahl





The giraffe with an infinitely expandable neck, the pelican with a magical retractable beak, and the dancing monkey are among Roald Dahl's most popular characters. Together with Billy, a small boy with a dream, they team up to make the most amazing ladderless window-cleaning company ever invented.





Going Solo
(1986)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




The fascinating story of Roald Dahl's life continues in "Going Solo", a marvellous evocation of the author's wartime exploits. As a pilot in WWII, Dahl had some wonderfully exciting--and frighteningly near-death--experiences including encounters with the enemy, battles with deadly snakes, and incredible dogfights.





Matilda
(1988)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




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.





Esio Trot
(1990)
A novel by
Roald Dahl




Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it's going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.
Summary

The Roald Dahl books have been a delightful read and have filled me with joy, as I have read most of them. When Roald Dahl died it was a great loss to the literature world and until recently it was a void that was not filled. But now the loss has lessened due to the new phenomenon The Harry Potter books.

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