Grasshopper and Sensei and PickyKidPix both discovered Roald Dahl in third grade. I think it was the first chapter book author they really fell in love with. Now that my youngest is in third grade, I hope that the magic of Roald Dahl happens again for him and his class.
In honor of Roald Dahl day today, I’m revisiting posts that I’ve done in previous years.
These were PickyKidPix’s favorite Roald Dahl books. If you asked her now, she would say that her favorite was:
George’s Marvelous Medicine
George’s Marvelous Medicine is also highly recommended by the kids in her class. She and I thought it was very, very funny too! Afterwards it inspired her to make a big messy mix up of potions and lotions. Fun stuff! It would make for a very fun children’s book club!
Hands down, the two favorite books from my kids’ two third grade classes are …
If flatulence, royalty and a giant with disproportionately large ears are what you’re after in a story, this is the book for you. Throw in kidnapped orphan Sophie (snatched and taken to Giant Land) and a trumpet that blows dreams into sleeping children’s rooms, and the result is an extraordinary Dahl-esque/Dali-esque vision.
followed by …
Matilda is a lovely girl. Her parents aren’t. Matilda loves books and reading. Her parents love conning people and watching telly. School, ruled by the evil Miss Trunchbull, whose speciality is swinging children by their hair and throwing them out of the window, isn’t much better. Then Matilda discovers that she has supernatural powers …
My personal favorite still remains Danny the Champion of the World.
This is one of our favorite Roald Dahl book’s: the art of poaching peasants from your arch enemy fat cat next door. And it’s all about father/son bonding. A perfect book for a dad to read to his kids!
Finally, an homage to Roald Dahl. I thought these books were similar to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Escape from Mr. Limoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
What is your favorite Roald Dahl book? What about your child’s? Happy Roald Dahl Day!!
p.s. More Roald Dahl:
Happy Birthday Roald Dahl Sept 13
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