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#61 Janet

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 04:03 PM

Overall Scores in order of favourite! 

 

Blue = Autobiographical

Red = Children's

Green = Picture Books for very young children

 

Boy 5/5

Esio Trot 5/5
George's Marvellous Medicine 4½/5
Fantastic Mr Fox 4/5
Danny, the Champion of the World 4/5
Matilda 4/5
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 3½/5
The Witches 3½/5
James and the Giant Peach 3/5
The Enormous Crocodile 3/5
The BFG 3/5
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 3/5
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke 3/5
The Minpins 3/5

Going Solo 3/5
The Gremlin 2½/5
The Magic Finger 2½/5
The Twits 2½/5

Revolting Rhymes 2½/5
Dirty Beasts 2/5
Rhyme Stew 2/5

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 1/5

 

I started this challenge back in February 2012 after reading the autobiographical Boy (which was my favourite of his books) and finished it in July this year, the year of Dahl's 100th birthday.

 

I don't know why I didn't read these as a child.  They'd probably all have been right up my street then (maybe not the picture books).  I might not even have loathed Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator if I'd actually read it as part of the target audience!  :giggle:

 

Overall I enjoyed the challenge, although I'm glad it's ended.  Will I read any of them again?  Maybe, if and when I become a grandparent!  Hopefully not for a few years yet...!



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 04:50 AM

Congratulations on completing this challenge :)!

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:43 PM

Thanks, Gaia.  :)  :friends3:



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 08:21 AM

Congratulations on finishing your challenge.

 

I love Roald Dahl's books but I have to agree with you about Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator which I found to be pretty pointless to be honest.  It had no bearing whatsoever on the first Charlie book.  My favourite will always be Matilda, followed by the BFG who I have a bit of soft spot for (mainly because the original animated film with David Jason as the BFG is fabulous and whenever I read the book I picture the film).

 



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 08:24 AM

Thanks, Autumn. :)

I love the film version of Matilda. :) Do you? I've never actually see the BFG. I'm going to look out for it on TV though.

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 08:50 AM

The film version of Matilda is very good also.  Mara Wilson is great as Matilda.

 

Haven't read any Roald Dahl for a while, although I did buy a boxset of his books a while back, to replace my original copies which I can't find.  Might need to dig them out and have a re-read.



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 12:39 PM

Congratulations on completing your challenge - I really need to read more Roald Dahl :)



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 12:56 PM

Haven't read any Roald Dahl for a while, although I did buy a boxset of his books a while back, to replace my original copies which I can't find.  Might need to dig them out and have a re-read.

Enjoy them if you do.  :)

 

Congratulations on completing your challenge - I really need to read more Roald Dahl :)

Thanks, Laura.  :)  



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Posted 18 September 2016 - 04:15 AM

I think Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator would be my least favourite also, out of the ones I've read.

I love the film version of Matilda, it's such a great film.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 09:49 PM

It is.  :)  I think we have it on DVD somewhere - I must dig it out and watch it again.  :)



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:20 PM

I think my favourite was James and the Giant Peach.

 

Well done on completing the challenge!



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Posted 21 September 2016 - 12:32 PM

As we discussed yesterday, I realised when watching the programme about the ten favourite Dahl books, that I haven't actually read that many of them!  I don't think I'd read them all like you have, but I might put together a list (probably the top 10 list from the programme) and try and read them all.  Oh, and I've found the George's Marvellous Medicine Jackanory episodes to watch as well! :lol:

 

 

Congratulations on completing the challenge though, it must be great to tick this one off your list! :D






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