I know I have not done the most consistent job in putting out book reviews since I started contributing to this amazing review blog (*hint hint* you should read this blog more) what with my grand total of reviews out being 2!
I shall leave you for this year with a final piece! It’s a top 10 on Roald Dahl as my topic so clearly suggests and I solemnly swear to do better next year.
I was initially going to plaster my opinions on all Roald Dahl books but there’s quite a few and even though I did spend two weeks going through all Roald Dahl books I haven’t already read (Yes I am up to my ears in Roald Dahl and I can’t wait to finish typing this out so I can focus on something very un-Dahl for a while… oh the things we do for a review)
So here goes!
#10. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Ok if you’re screaming at me for this I don’t even like chocolate that much… and now you’re probably making that face at me, but hear me out :
To the cons!
All those oompa loompa songs drove me up the wall, they honestly did and at times to be honest so did Willy Wonka himself. I’d have hated this guy if I met him in real life I think Wonka is a billionaire corporate *inserts profane insult here* who probably didn’t help the economy in which poor Charlie grew up hence being a big part of the reason why Charlie Bucket’s family was literally starving. (This is just grown up me talking)
Also what was all that punishment to the children for being nasty? I personally think he could’ve just devised ways for the parents to have been squashed, stretched and what have you, I believe were the real culprits for bringing up such nasty children
However the good! In pure Roald Dahl fashion this book had everything from fantasy to dark humor and as a kid it did leave my imagination popping.
It mostly just makes it to the list because I to this day think it’s a genius piece of writing that works as a lovely fantastical novel for children with a message that being nice and humble pays off and for us adults it’s still fun to read and we get to pick at what a twat Wonka was and the faults of a consumer based economy.
#9. FANTASTIC MR. FOX
I might have liked this book a bit more if I read it when I was younger, unfortunately this book had 24 year old me reading this at 1 in the morning.
The book lost me at the part where Mr. Fox lost his tail. End of the day though it was still fun to read (I did find an issue in practicality when it came to their final decision on living conditions in the end, never come out into the open and build a little underground village… I am not going to go into this now but you get what I mean!)
#8. THE BFG
This is where the faults I find in Dahls book start dwindling at a massive rate. I mean who doesn’t love this big giant who makes up ridonkulous words.
Ok the words got a bit annoying at some points, there’s only so much nonsense I can handle at once.
Overall it was a sweet story about a Giant who kidnapped a girl from a bed because he didn’t want to end up behind bars and then ended up saving humanity by trapping the villians in deep underground caves while resorting to making them live the rest of their long lives in a state of torture 🙂
#7. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Can I say that anyone from my generation who grew up reading Roald Dahl books probably has inherited this dark sense of humour and a fantastical outlook on life.
I mean James’s two evil aunts got squashed like pancakes by a giant rolling peach for heaven’s sake.
I did quite love this story with his huge insect friends and adventures above the clouds and of course America had to be the place where a massive peach lands in from the sky.
Why is such a great story not in the top 5? Honestly I don’t have a lot of faults to find in this, the only reason it’s at 7 is because I enjoyed the other books more.
#6. THE BEST OF ROALD DHAL – BEDTIME STORIES FOR THOSE WHO RELISH SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
This is inherently an adult book, a collection of short stories with twisted endings (obviously). This book as an entirety did the title justice as some of these stories were rather disturbing but in Genius Dahl fashion they entertained my socks off.
So yes do read these stories at night! It’s fun. Some stories were obviously far more interesting than the others but I’ll let you read and pick your own favorites in this one.
Every book from here on out was a battle for positions! I absolutely loved these all so it just became a question of which book I liked over the other book.
So from here on out it’s just small thoughts on each book in good old Shehani John fashion.
#5. GEORGE’S MARVELOUS MEDICINE
If you read this book and get through it without actually being tempted to create what George created something is wrong with you.
Highly entertaining, as always there’s dollops of dark humor here and there (for someone who wrote children’s stories Dahl really did have his issues)
I loved this book but it made it to the bottom of the absolutely favorite list simply because the ending didn’t captivate me as much as the entire process of making the medicine.
#4. REVOLTING RHYMES
I do not recommend you have a child read this book, it has gone all on out with its language and content. I think Grimm’s fairy tales had nothing on the twisted takes that this book had on Grimm’s own fairy tales.
Hella funny though you guys!
#3. THE GIRAFFE THE PELLY AND ME
IMO this book was pure art, the way it’s written and illustrated and its little poems, all of it transported my young brain (I read it when I was small) all over the place and I loved every bit of the journey.
Even reading it now pretty much has the same effect.
#2. BOY TALES OF CHILDHOOD and GOING SOLO
I know I know it’s two separate books, but I read them together as one, so I consider it two parts of one book.
This is my all-time favorite biography. An insight into the life of a much celebrated author his life is as colorful as his stories and it’s a gift too good for all of us.
I have deep appreciation for this man and his talent and how he shared it so generously with the world I really do.
I’d willingly hug this man
I CRY EVERY TIME I READ THIS BOOK!
A small smart girl who uses her brains to get out of a sticky situation, the little girl feminist in me was pleased as punch by this story. It was so different to anything I had ever read in my life. For once it was a girl creating adventures all on her own, a little girl taking charge! This goes in with all my other baby feminist John’s favorite stories and maybe I am biased as a girl in picking this to be my favorite but this is my personal review so everyone can just deal with it.
I absolutely love this story and have read it a countless number of times and will probably continue reading this till I am capoot.
Do I have honorary mentions, yep basically every other Roald Dahl book that did not make it into this list (Yes I really like his writing)