Supply Desk’s Favourite Roald Dahl Books
Roald Dahl is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. His imaginative, magical stories have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. In honour of Roald Dahl Day, the Supply Desk team have chosen their favourite Roald Dahl books. Can you spot your favourite?
Clare Othman – Operations Director
My favourite Roald Dahl book is The BFG. It has super descriptive “nonsense” words and undertones of teaching morals and ethics. “The BFG raised his great head proudly in the air. “I is a very honorable giant,” he said. “I would rather be chewing up rotsome snozzcumbers than snitching things from other people.” I have to admire a giant with principles. Not only does the BFG not believe in eating humans; he also doesn’t believe in stealing from them. I will admit, that if I was in his (giant!) shoes, I might be tempted to snatch a few less disgusting vegetables from time to time!
Jennifer Slater – Regional Manager
In addition to the BFG, my favourite was always Fantastic Mr Fox as I was, and still am, a huge animal lover. I liked the way Mr Fox was brave, fearless and would always out-smart the mean farmers to find food for his family. However, this was still stealing! I remember it sparking big discussions in our class about whether it was morally right for Mr Fox to steal or not.
Nailah Ahmed – Business Development Director North
Being a chocolate lover, it’s always going to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember first picking up this book and being amazed by all the characters. It has an energy and fun-loving feeling about it all. I’m a family orientated girl and I love how this story revolves around a close knit family and their love for one another. After reading this book, I begged my parents to take me to a chocolate factory! I was gutted not to be welcomed by Mr Wonka, or see any Oompa-Loompas, but it was a great day out with my family. Plus, I got to eat chocolate for weeks after! Result.
Laura O’Connell – Marketing Manager
My favourite Roald Dahl story has to be Matilda. First of all, I was a little book-worm growing up and Matilda was my hero! I also loved how smart she was and the clever ways in which she used her magical powers. She’s not only smart, though, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Likewise, she never lets her circumstances stop her from becoming the genius she is destined to be. “I’m wondering what to read next… I’ve finished all the children’s books”. She’s a really positive role model for children and adults alike. Miss Trunchbull, on the other hand, and the dreaded ‘chokey’, terrified me! Fantastic characters.
Matt Taylor – Business Development Director South
For me, it has to be The Witches. One of the things that keeps it so fresh, is the fact that anyone could be a witch. I still sometimes look at people wearing gloves with suspicion! Reading it, I was thrown into the shoes of the boy who’s eyes we see the story through. Dahl’s skill at writing from the point of view of child is amazing. It’s genuinely scary and engaging in equal measure, with lovely sense of fantasy. Not for the feint hearted!
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