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Magic Finger

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Magic Finger, Roald Dahl, book reviewThe main characters are the girl, Phillip Gregg, William Gregg, Mr and Mrs Gregg and the magic finger. What happens is that when the girl gets angry she points her finger at anyone that is making her angry or humiliating her and puff something bad happens. For example her teacher Miss Winter asked her to spell cat and she said “that’s easy K-A-T” and her teacher got all angry and she pointed the MAGIC FINGER at her teacher and amazingly she grew whiskers and sprouted a tail.

I would recommend this book to other people aged 4-7


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The BFG

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The BFG, Roald Dahl, book reviewThe BFG is short for the Big Friendly Giant. There were nine bad giants. Sophie lived with the BFG in the cave. The BFG and other nine giants lived in Giant Country. My favourite characters were the BFG and the Fleshlumpeater because they were funny.


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Matilda

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Matilda (My Roald Dahl) , Roald Dahl, book reviewThe book is about Matilda. She learnt to read when she was three. When she was five she went to school. When she was in school she got a secret power.

My favourite characters were Miss Trunchbull, Matilda and Mr Woormword. My favourite part was when Matilda got her special power. I didn’t like when Mr Wormword ripped Matilda’s book.  I would recommend this book to children similar age as me because it’s quite a long book and small children can’t read it.


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Songs and Verse – Roald Dahl

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If I compare my sons’ childhood with my own, I don’t think there is much that I envy them, but one thing that I would pick out would be their access to Roald Dahl’s books. Reading them aloud when they were very young, I think I got as much enjoyment from them as they did, but very soon they were devouring them by themselves. I thought we had gone through the whole range of Dahl’s novels, poetry books and autobiographies, so I was pleasantly surprised to come across a collection of his ‘Songs and Verses’, which does contain some previously unpublished material.

Having recognised Quentin Blake’s delightful style of drawing on the front cover, I was initially disappointed to find that he has not illustrated the whole book. I needn’t have been, as there is a fantastic variety of styles from the twenty-six artists who have contributed, including Gerald Scarfe and Babette Cole. Blake has written the foreword and has provided drawings for the opening of each section.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

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Fantastic Mr Fox By Roald DahlFirst published in 1970, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox‘ may not have the reknown of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, but it is a tale full of excitement and imagination. After almost forty years, it can still compete with the best of children’s literature that is being published today.

Before presenting the hero Mr Fox, Roald Dahl introduces us to three obnoxious farmers who go by the names of Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Dahl really goes to town with his characterization here. Farmer Boggis keeps chickens and is a prime specimen of obesity because he eats three whole chickens along with dumplings for breakfast, lunch and supper every day.


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My Favourite Children’s Authors

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If a love of books is instilled in our children by reading aloud to them at an early age and then sharing books and listening to them read as they begin to learn, let’s hope that books will still be a pleasurable source of entertainment for them alongside television, computers and games consoles as they grow older. The authors I’ve chosen here each write for a certain age group, ranging from three-to four-year-olds through to early teenagers. Let’s start with the youngest group.

Babette Cole

Young children will love the humour and colorful, lively illustrations of Babette Cole’s ‘The Trouble with Grandad‘. Grandad gets into a pickle because of the enormous vegetables he grows: he wins all the prizes at the Vegetable Show and makes other competitors jealous.

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