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Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Published February 8, 2022

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

I wanted a quick break from the crime series I’m currently reading so just whizzed through this book by Roald Dahl. I’m trying to do a bit of completionism on his main novels otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered reading this again - it’s really not one of my favourites. But I do like that there are elements of determination, of stubborn-ness, of sharing and caring, and of a family pulling together to do what it takes for the village. Nice enough.

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Published December 26, 2021

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

I always remember enjoying this book as a kid - maybe it’s where an interest in cooking came from? Although then again, hopefully not! I remember the mixing up of all the ingredients taking much longer and being a much bigger part of the process, but actually it only takes up a third of the book. The rest is all about the father’s greed and the resulting repercussions of trying to replicate just a little bit of magic. Still fun though.

Boy by Roald Dahl

Published October 3, 2020

Boy by Roald Dahl

I’m sure I’ve read this before but couldn’t remember much about it except the sweet shop situation, obviously. It’s actually a neat little book, telling interesting stories from a childhood, rather than your standard run-of-the-mill memoir. I don’t know if it’s aimed at kids or not but it has that simple feeling that children and adults can enjoy equally.

Someone Like You by Roald Dahl

Published July 17, 2020

Someone Like You by Roald Dahl

Another collection of Roald Dahl short stories. There are some real classics on here, although I think as a whole the collection in Kiss, Kiss is better. There are, of course, the stories that stay with you but there are also those that sort of passed me by and already I’ve pretty much forgotten them.

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

Published May 25, 2020

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

I’ve read this before in a variety of formats but realised I hadn’t reviewed it, so I quickly dug out the audiobook and whipped through it again. I love these Roald Dahl short stories – they’re all so clever, although they don’t all do it for me.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Published May 21, 2020

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

When I was checking my book review list for Roald Dahl works, I realised I’m a bit short on the complete package. I’ve read a lot of them, obviously, but not documented it. So I checked what was in my digital library and stumbled across this one. James was never one of my favourite stories, I think perhaps the giant insects weren’t a great incentive to read it over and over again.

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

Published December 22, 2019

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

A super short story from Roald Dahl, somehow I know of this one but I don’t know if I’ve ever actually read it before. I was aware of the concept of the Magic Finger, but had no idea of the story that unfolds around it. In short, a girl takes revenge on a family that goes hunting and they learn their lesson the hard way.