By: Roald Dahl
Subject Matter: Giraffes; Pelicans; Monkeys; Candy
How do you not love Roald Dahl?
I confess. I am a self-professed Willy Wonka obsessive. That movie is my jam.
So maybe I’m a little biased. But seriously. Roald Dahl is so fun. He is Dr. Seuss for slightly older children.
This book is a short read, but it’s not one-sentence-a-page children’s book short. There’s a real story here, complete with quirky characters and even quirkier situations.
In the Roald Dahl universe, this book takes place well after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, the main character, Billy, is a bit of a Charlie himself. A little boy who lucks into the adventure of a lifetime and winds up with a candy shop. In The Giraffe, Billy is an avid Wonka patron.
Roald Dahl is the master of the absurd. This one isn’t quite on par with some of his other bizarre stories (after all, giraffes and pelicans and monkeys are at least real animals), but it’s still pretty weird.
There are songs and drama and talking animals and dreams coming true. It’s everything you could ask for from Roald Dahl. And the iconic Quentin Blake illustrations are just as much a part of a Roald Dahl story as the words themselves.
I can’t think of a kid who wouldn’t enjoy this book. It might be a little long for a bedtime story, but it’s just right for a rainy day cuddle.
Got a kid who loves Roald Dahl as much as I do? More more more:
(for more by Dahl)
The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The BFG by Roald Dahl
(for more classic fantastical children’s lit)
Stuart Little by E. B. White
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Letters of a Nation by Andrew Carroll
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 by Richard N. Bolles
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware