culture The Best Roald Dahl Books  

Stan Holton
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What are the best Roald Dahl books of all time? That is a very tough thing to determine, because Dahl is arguably one of the greatest and best fantasy authors and writers of young adult books ever. This list includes many of Roald Dahl's greatest works, including children's books and poetry, collections of short stories, anthologies, and both fiction and non-fiction offerings. Vote for your favorites and feel free to add any that might be missing from the list.

For many children, reading their first Roald Dahl book opens up a world of incredible imagination. A first grader reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' for the first time is likely to want more Dahl when he or she finishes that book. Several of Dahl's books are among the best overall books for kids, including 'Charlie,' 'James and the Giant Peach,' 'The Witches' and 'Matilda.'

Roald Dahl's books are literary classics, and they offer up fantastical tales that represent some of the most creative storytelling ever. Is it any wonder that so many of Dahl's great works are included among these popular children's books with movie adaptations? 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox,' 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' and 'Matilda' are just a few examples of beautifully done big screen Dahl book adaptations.

When you're dealing with an author of Roald Dahl's extraordinary abilities, it can be extremely difficult to decide which of his works are truly the best. That, however, is precisely what's happening with this list, so be sure to vote and re-rank this list in any order you like.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
Matilda 1988

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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
The BFG 1982

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Charlie and the Great Glass El... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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George's Marvellous Medicine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Twits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
The Twits 1980

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Danny, the Champion of the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Enormous Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Boy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
Boy 1984

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Esio Trot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
Esio Trot 1990

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

All Movies Based on Roald Dahl Books, Ranked Best to Worst

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The Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Magic Finger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Tales of the Unexpected is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Roald Dahl: Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Revolting Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Great Mouse Plot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Going Solo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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Vile Verses is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Wonderful Story of Henry S... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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My Uncle Oswald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
My Uncle Oswald 1979-10

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Dirty Beasts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Vicar of Nibbleswicke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Minpins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

Roald Dahl Movie Characters Who Look Like You Want Them To

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The Missing Golden Ticket and ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Rhyme Stew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Someone Like You is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Sto... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Kiss Kiss is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Lamb to the Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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The Roald Dahl Treasury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Roald Dahl Omnibus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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A taste of the unexpected is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Collected Short Stories of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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A Date With Danger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Over to You: Ten Stories of Fl... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Two Fables is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books
Two Fables 1986

The Best Children's Book Authors

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Skin and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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More Tales of the Unexpected is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Switch Bitch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Sometime Never: A Fable for Su... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Mildenhall Treasure is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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The Great Automatic Grammatiza... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books

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Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Roald Dahl Books