Last summer Pippa and Henry took part in the library Summer Reading Challenge for the first time. They were not reading themselves yet but we read to them and they happily told library staff and volunteers about the stories we had shared. The theme last year was Roald Dahl to celebrate his centenary year. Pippa and Henry were thrilled each visit to collect another picture card showing a different Roald Dahl character.
This inevitably lead to questions about who each of them were and what the stories were about. When in the library one day, Henry picked up a copy of ‘The Magic Finger’ and our first Roald Dahl book was chosen!
The Magic Finger only took us a few nights to read and Roald Dahl had spun his spell on Henry who straight away wanted to read another. A quick search on the bookshelves at home uncovered a copy of George’s Marvellous Medicine – one both my husband and I loved as children.
George’s Marvellous Medicine was great fun to read with Henry, he enjoyed all the different ingredients George finds and the reactions Grandma and the animals have to each version.
Over the following months Henry continued to choose other Roald Dahl books, borrowing from both the town and school library as well as putting his World Book Day token toward purchasing ‘The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me’.
He also received audio CD versions of some of the books for Christmas and re-listens during the day to ones we have previously read.
So far our Roald Dahl bedtime books have been: The Magic Finger, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Enormous Crocodile, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Esio Trot and The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me.
Henry loved all of the books and his favourite often changes, although Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the BFG seem to get mentioned often.
When I asked Henry he said he likes Mr Wonka and loves the bit in the BFG when they meet the Queen and the BFG whizzpops!
The language in all the stories is great fun, especially the BFG. All the content has been appropriate for Henry and he is starting to appreciate lots of the funny parts.
Our current Roald Dahl bedtime read is James and the Giant Peach and we only have a few chapters to go…