By Caitlin Mclaren – Chief Culture Reporter
Today is Roald Dahl’s 99th birthday! Arguably one of the best children’s authors, he took us through the wonderful world of his imagination in a quirky style! So to celebrate, here is his 5 must read books and embrace this blast from the past!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
Willy Wonka, the owner of a large chocolate factory decides to open the gates to five lucky children who find golden tickets within his chocolate bars. Young Charlie Bucket finds a ticket to his delight, meeting the 4 other children and Mr Wonka they begin the tour around the factory. Throughout the tour, situations arise and everything isn’t quite what it seems!
This family favourite has also been made into 2 films which are also is a great alternatives to the book!
George’s Marvellous Medicine (1981)
The story of George starts when his parents leave him with his horrible grandma whilst they are busy. He decides to make a medicine to replace his grandma’s usual medicine. Using several items around the house, George then gives the concoction to his grandma who ends up blown up into a large balloon!
The Witches (1983)
When young Luke goes to a holiday resort with his grandma for a weekend away, he stumbles across a witches convention! Trying to convince those around him is difficult due to his overwhelming fear of witches. But as him and his friends are beginning to expose the witches, things take a sinister turn.
Matilda is a young girl who always has her head in books, her nasty father sends her to school with a demonic head mistress. She knows she’s different to other children when she starts being able to do things that she’s unable to explain. When she meets her teacher Miss Honey, she is taught to embrace her powers not hide them!
The BFG (1982)
The Big Friendly Giant meets orphan Sophie and shows her his world and what it is like because he refuses to eat children, all the other giants bully and belittle him. He soon makes friends with Sophie when he explains he delivers good dreams to children. After spending time together, she tries to convince him to take her to meet the Queen of England!