You might have noticed that recently we’ve been talking a lot about Roald Dahl. We’re big fans of him here at World of Books. And it just so happens that this year marks 100 years of Roald Dahl, so there’s no better time to honour one of our all-time favourite children’s book authors.
Asking around the office of World of Books HQ, we’ve been collecting the best quotes from his books and we’ve compiled them here for your perusal.
Danny, Champion of the World was published back in 1975 and follows the story of a young boy who lives with his father. The pair live in a gypsy caravan, working at a petrol station and car garage but Danny’s father has a secret occupation and disappears in the dead of the night to poach pheasants from a local estate…
We can’t mention Roald Dahl quotes without referencing the wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When the famous Willy Wonka opens his chocolate factory up for 5 lucky winners, no one would suspect that young Charlie Bucket – a poor boy who lives with his parents and grandparents in a small house on the outskirts of town, would discover the 5th and final golden ticket. One by one the other visitors are ejected from the factory until only Charlie remains to claim his prize.
The story of The BFG follows a young girl named Sophie who lives in an orphanage under the watchful eye of mean old Mrs Clonkers. One night she wakes to find a large cloaked figure blowing something through an open window with a trumpet. This figure spots Sophie and carries her with him back to Giant Country. It is here that Sophie learns that the figure is in fact the Big Friendly Giant who uses his trumpet to blow dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping children. Together they embark on a plan to have the mean and evil giants captured and enlist the help of the Queen of England.
Ah Matilda, a girl after our own hearts! A young girl who is treated horribly by her parents, uses her love of books to escape to faraway places. Soon her school teacher Miss Honey discovers how intelligent Matilda is and they become friends. After a prank on the frightening headteacher, Miss Trunchbull, goes wrong, Matilda learns that she has special powers of telekinesis. This opens up a world of adventures and opportunities for Matilda to get her own back on her parents and the mean old Trunchbull.
The Twits are a spiteful couple who prank each other because they hate each other. They are both ugly characters as they have horrible thoughts which have made them look the way they do. They used to run a monkey circus and they have the monkeys living on their property. The monkeys aren’t treated very well at all and go on to make friends with a bird who helps them to turn the Twits house upside down. This forces the Twits to live on their heads which gives them the real shrinks.
There are so many wonderful quotes to choose from that it was hard just to pick 5! Do you have a favourite quote from a Roald Dahl book? Share it below and tell us why you chose it.