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Ranking Author Roald Dahl’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

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“What are Roald Dahl Best Books?” We looked at all of Dahl’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Roald Dahl and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Book’s Of Roald Dahl



39 ) Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen

 Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 34
  • LibraryThing: 37

Some Time Never is a blend of realism and outrageous fantasy. It is the story of the hitherto little-known Gremlins. It is moreover a piercing commentary on Man and the qualities in Man which are leading him to his destruction. The Gremlins were the original rulers of the earth in ages past, but with the advent of Man and the spread of his obnoxious activities to every part of the globe, the Gremlins were forced underground to a subterranean network of tunnels. Out for revenge and for the restoration of their former dominant position in the world’s affairs, the Gremlins bent every effort to plotting Man’s annihilation. During the Battle of Britain these odd and menacing creatures began an offensive against pilots in an effort to hasten the eradication of the human race. From the experiences of three Royal Air Force pilots, Stuffy, Peternip and Progboot, we get an appalling picture of Gremlin activities, and through the eyes of the Gremlins themselves we get a portrait of Man that is far from flattering. After the Battle of Britain the Gremlins became convinced that Man would effect his own self-destruction without any help from them—so they ceased their ingenious offensive and retired underground to wait..

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38 ) The Magic Finger

 The Magic Finger Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 35
  • Amazon: 34
  • LibraryThing: 34

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very, very angry, the little girl’s Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it’s turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that’s just the beginning of their problems…

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37 ) Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 32

Now that Charlie has won the chocolate factory, what’s next? Even wilder adventures, that’swhat! Join him, Grandpa Joe, and, of course, Willy Wonka for the amazing, intergalactic sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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36 ) Two Fables

 Two Fables Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 36

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35 ) Esio Trot

 Esio Trot Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 33
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 30

Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it’s going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.

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34 ) The Enormous Crocodile

 The Enormous Crocodile Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 26

The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry-and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his nasty schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget. Dahl’s wicked humor is as delightful as ever in this new, larger edition of a hilarious favorite. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

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33 ) My Uncle Oswald

 My Uncle Oswald Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 25

The nameless narrator has revealed snippets of the lovable, lascivious Uncle Oswald’s life in other collections, but this is the only novel–brief though it is–dedicated solely to the diaries of “the greatest fornicator of all time.” Inspired by stories of the aphrodisiac powers of the Sudanese blister beetle, the palpable seductiveness of the lovely Yasmin Howcomely, and the scientific know-how of Professor A. R. Woresley, Uncle Oswald anticipates the concept of the Nobel sperm bank by some 40 years, flimflamming crowned heads, great artists, and eccentric geniuses into making “donations.” The life of a commercial sperm broker has a few surprises even for a sophisticated bon vivant, and Dahl manages his signature sting-in-the-tail ending even in one of his lightest comic works.

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32 ) The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

 The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 29

A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true.

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31 ) The Gremlins

 The Gremlins Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 33

Published in 1943 and long unavailable, this landmark book is from the author of such beloved tales as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda.” Digitally restored, this remarkable presentation of Roald Dahl’s classic story is lavishly illustrated by the artists of the Walt Disney Studios. The story of the The Gremlins concerns the mischievous mythical creatures of the title, often invoked by Royal Air Force pilots as an explanation of mechanical troubles and mishaps. In Dahl’s book, the gremlins’ motivation for sabotaging British aircraft is revenge of the destruction of their forest home, which was razed to make way for an aircraft factory. The principal character in the book, Gus, has his Hawker Hurricane fighter destroyed over the English Channel by a gremlin, but is able to convince the gremlins as they parachute into the water that they should join forces against a common enemy,

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30 ) Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety

 Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 37

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29 ) Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl

 Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 35

Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive.” — Irish Times The sweet scents of rural life infuse this beautifully crafted collection of Roald Dahl’s country stories, but there is always something unexpected lurking in the undergrowth. Whether it is taking a troublesome cow to be mated with a prime bull; dealing with a rat-infested hayrick; learning the ways and means of maggot farming; or describing the fine art of poaching pheasants using nothing but raisins and sleeping pills, Roald Dahl brings his stories of everyday country folk and their strange passions wonderfully to life. Lacing each tale with dollops of humor and adding a sprinkling of the sinister, Dahl ensures that this short story collection celebrates the sweet mysteries of life.

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27 ) My Year

 My Year Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 18

The author combines reminiscences of his early years with month-by-month reflections on the changing seasons.

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27 ) Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl

 Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 39

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26 ) The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

 The Vicar of Nibbleswicke Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 24

The Reverend Lee is suffering from a rare and acutely embarrassing situation: Back-to-Front Dyslexia. It affects only his speech, and he doesn’t realize he’s doing it, but the parishioners of Nibbleswicke are shocked and confused by his seemingly outrageous comments.

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25 ) Someone Like You

 Someone Like You Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 18

There’s the gambler who collects little fingers from losers…there’s the lady who murders her husband with a frozen leg of lamb…not to mention the man who has made a machine that can hear grass scream…Roald Dahl’s particular brand of bizarre, alarming and disturbing story-telling has already attracted a huge following which can only be more disturbed, alarmed and – thankfully – amused by ‘Someone Like You’.

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24 ) Switch Bitch

 Switch Bitch Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 23

In Switch Bitch four tales of seduction and suspense are told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl. Topping and tailing this collection are The Visitor and Bitch, stories featuring Dahl’s notorious hedonist Oswald Hendryks Cornelius (or plain old Uncle Oswald) whose exploits are frequently as extraordinary as they are scandalous. In the middle, meanwhile, are The Great Switcheroo and The Last Act, two stories exploring a darker side of desire and pleasure. In the black comedies of Switch Bitch Roald Dahl brilliantly captures the ins and outs, highs and lows of sex.

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23 ) Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying

 Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 27
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 28

Roald Dahl was badly wounded in Libya during the war, but he went on to serve in the RAF in Greece and Syria. In these spine-tingling tales of battles in the sky – and in the psyche – he draws on his own experiences and those of his friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot’s existence. From the nervy jollity of life in the Ops room and the Mess in ‘Death of an Old Old Man’ to the nightmarish horror of being shot down in ‘A Piece of Cake’, or the infectious madness of war in ‘Someone Like You’, these stories capture with chilling clarity the experience of living with the daily possibility of extinction.

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22 ) The Mildenhall Treasure

 The Mildenhall Treasure Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 27

During World War II, a British plowman discovered a hoard of Roman silver while plowing a field in the Suffolk countryside. Unaware of the treasure’s value, he was cheated out of the fortune that should have been his by the man who hired him. The 34 pieces of silver were discovered after the war by the authorities and taken to the British Museum, where they reside today. Master storyteller Roald Dahl relates the unforgettable and true tale of the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles.

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20 ) George’s Marvellous Medicine

 George's Marvellous Medicine Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 18

George’s Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn’t seem to do her any good. She’s always just as poisonous after she’s taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, it’s just the chance he needs .

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20 ) The Twits

 The Twits Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 21

How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything — except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.

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19 ) The Minpins

 The Minpins Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 31

Billy’s mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that’s exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too – or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast? From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children’s imaginations for nearly forty years.

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18 ) The Dahl Diary 1992

 The Dahl Diary 1992 Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 13

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17 ) A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories

 A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 6

Includes: Man from the South, Lamb to the Slaughter, The Landlady, The champion of the World, Galloping Foxley, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat, The Ratcatcher and The Hitchhiker.

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16 ) More Tales of the Unexpected

 More Tales of the Unexpected Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 6

Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected is a delightfully dark collection of sixteen stories, each with a startling end. Among the unforgettable characters lurk the homicidal wife and her deadly leg of lamb, a conniving and lecherous wine connoisseur and the one-eyed brain at the mercy of his vengeful spouse. Tales of the Unexpected is an astonishing assortment of twisted treats from the master storyteller.

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15 ) James and the Giant Peach

 James and the Giant Peach Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 15

When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots.

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14 ) The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

 The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 9

Seven stories of fantasy and fun by the fantastic Roald Dahl. The Boy Who Talked With Animals – in which a stranded sea turtle and a small boy have more in common than meets the eye. The Hitchhiker – proves that in a pinch a professional pickpocket can be the perfect pal. The Mildenhall Treasure – a true tale of fortune found and an opportunity lost. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – in which a modern-day Robin Hood brings joy to the hearts of orphans – and fear to the souls of casino owners around the world.

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13 ) Going Solo

 Going Solo Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 15

Here is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl’s exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world’s best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

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11 ) Tales of the Unexpected

 Tales of the Unexpected Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 11

A wine connoisseur with an infallible palate and a sinister taste in wagers. A decrepit old man with a masterpiece tattooed on his back. A voracious adventuress, a gentle cuckold, and a garden sculpture that becomes an instrument of sadistic vengeance. Social climbers who climb a bit too quickly. Philanderers whose deceptions are a trifle too ornate. Impeccable servants whose bland masks slip for one vertiginous instant.

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11 ) Fantastic Mr Fox

 Fantastic Mr Fox Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 17

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

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10 ) Kiss Kiss

 Kiss Kiss Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 21

Contains stories including The Landlady, William and Mary, The Way up to Heaven, Parson’s Pleasures, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat, Royal Jelly, Gregory Progy, Genesis and Catastrophe, Edwards the Conqueror, Pig and The Champion of the World.

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9 ) Boy – Tales of Childhood

 Boy – Tales of Childhood Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 11

In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury’s, Roald Dahl’s boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes — some funny, some painful, all interesting — this is a book that’s sure to please.

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8 ) Danny, the Champion of the World

 Danny, the Champion of the World Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 9

Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition. Just as important, it’s the story of the love between a boy and his father who, in Danny’s own words, is “the most marvelous and exciting father a boy ever had.”

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6 ) The Roald Dahl Treasury

 The Roald Dahl Treasury Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 1

This extraordinary collection takes readers on a fascinating journey into Dahl’s unique imagination. At over 400 pages, it contains excerpts from Dahl’s best-loved fiction for children and his autobiographical material. There are stories, rhymes, and memoirs as well as unpublished poetry and letters. Lavishly produced and illustrated in full-color, it features artwork by such prominent illustrators as Quentin Blake, Lane Smith, and Raymond Briggs.

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6 ) The Witches

 The Witches Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 5

This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.

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5 ) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 6

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

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3 ) The Best of Roald Dahl

 The Best of Roald Dahl Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 2

Hypnotized from the first sentence, you will remain spellbound as Roald Dahl unravels his fiendish fictions with their satisfying twist-in-the-tale finales, as he leads you through the dangers of gambling for high stakes over wine, the perils of being vegetarian and the macabre consequences of a night-time seduction.

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3 ) Memories with Food at Gipsy House

 Memories with Food at Gipsy House Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 13

This book offers an insight into the life of Roald Dahl. It is a mixture of written anecdotes covering Roald Dahl’s upbringing, his youth and early days in Africa and his later life at home with his wife Liccy and their numerous children, grandchildren and friends. For this extensive family, there is no more enjoyable way of relaxing than to share good food and wine. The meals they enjoy together round the old pine farmhouse table at Gipsy House are either fine examples of national dishes of their multicolour heritage (Norway, France, Britain), or favourite recipes that have delighted three generations of discerning diners. Many recipes have acquired a particular significance for the Dahl family over the years and these are introduced with reminiscences rich in nostalgia and humour. The text by Roald and Liccy Dahl, their children, close family and friends, is interspersed with personal photographs and the sketches of Quentin Blake. The recipes included here are for all occasions, covering family birthday parties, Christmas and Easter celebrations – and demonstrating Roald’s passions for chocolate, onions and wine.

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2 ) The BFG

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 4

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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1 ) Matilda

 Matilda Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 3

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novel won the 1988 Children’s Book Award. Matilda is a modest little girl who just happens to be a genius. This is the story of how she revenges herself on her crooked car-dealer father and ageing marshmallow mother.

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Roald Dahl’s Best Books



Roald Dahl Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
Matilda 743 1
The BFG 1044 2
The Best of Roald Dahl 4172 3
Memories with Food at Gipsy House 9113 3
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1446 5
The Roald Dahl Treasury 3211 6
The Witches 1195 6
Danny, the Champion of the World 1799 8
Boy – Tales of Childhood 16911 9
Kiss Kiss 15321 10
Tales of the Unexpected 121711 11
Fantastic Mr Fox 19417 11
Going Solo 18915 13
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More 13219 14
James and the Giant Peach 23915 15
More Tales of the Unexpected 21216 16
A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories 7366 17
The Dahl Diary 1992 13613 18
The Minpins 51731 19
George’s Marvellous Medicine 201718 20
The Twits 25921 20
The Mildenhall Treasure 29127 22
Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying 27428 23
Switch Bitch 212123 24
Someone Like You 232818 25
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke 302124 26
My Year 283118 27
Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl 23639 27
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl 34935 29
Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety 63637 30
The Gremlins 38933 31
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 312129 32
My Uncle Oswald 263125 33
The Enormous Crocodile 322826 34
Esio Trot 332830 35
Two Fables 372136 36
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 363132 37
The Magic Finger 353434 38
Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen 393437 39