Today we’re going to have some childish fun, because I sure did when I read these 3 books from my favourite children’s fiction author! In my attempt to cheat meet my 2013 Reading Challenge, I decided to pick up some short stories and Roald Dahl books were some of my picks. I adored Matilda (the movie AND the book) and I also loved The Witches. I read three of his books, so below is my thoughts on them
James lives with his two aunts after the death of this parents. These two aunts are nasty and horrible to him and literally make his life miserable. James wishes he could escape them and finally he gets that chance when a small man comes to him and gives him some seeds (with instructions) that is suppose to change his life. He spills these seeds and next thing he knows there is a giant peach growing in their garden. Of course his aunts try to make money out of it, but somehow James lands up in the center of the peach, making friends with large insects: a grasshopper, a centipede, a silkworm, a spider and a glowworm amongst others. Soon James and his new friends go on an adventure, which leaves for lots of laughs and I can see how this story would capture the attention of a young child. The funniest part of the story for me is how the centipede insist on the fact that he has 100 feet and he also insist on having poor James remove and put on his shoes. There were also many funny moments when the centipede and the grasshopper continuously tease each other! I definitely recommend this one to be read to your child or even yourself.
The twits are an ugly and dirty couple. They are mean and they play dirty jokes on each other all the time. They have pet monkeys and they make them stand on their heads all day. They also have this trick of catching birds by smearing glue on the trees and have the birds get stuck. The next morning Mr Twit would go remove them and Mrs Twit would bake them for every Wednesday’s “Bird Pie”. The beginning it was funny, but shortly after I just read it to finish it. Some funny moments, but this isn’t my favourite Dahl. What it does teach children is that it never pays to be mean, because the monkeys end up playing a nice trick on the Twits to teach them a lesson.
There are three farmers who are after Mr Fox, because he steals their produce, whether it’s apple cider, chickens etc. They try to catch Mr Fox using various methods that doesn’t work, including trying to shoot him and his family. At the end of the day, Mr Fox and his family are trapped in their underground home, but because the farmers are watching the area, so are a lot of other animals. His children and wife grows hungry and thirsty, so Mr Fox thought up a fantastic plan to steal from the farmers from underground. He saves the day! He gets food and drink for his family and the family of his friends. His wife calls him Fantastic Mr Fox! Ok this was a nice “save the day” kind of story. I didn’t find it funny, but it’s nice and I would have liked it if I was a child.
As always, I loved the Quentin Blake illustrations! What’s your favourite Roald Dahl book? Have you read any of these three books?