Has Roald Dahl become Roald Dull for children?





When I think back back to being a child, the one thing that always brings a smile to my face is Roald Dahl.

From whizzbangers to everlasting gobbstoppers. from snozzcumbers to bellypoppers, he took my childhood and turned it into a magical place.

A place where good giants blew dreams into your bedroom windows and saved you from nasty giants which would gobble you up.

Factories that created fantastical sweets filled with a new race of small people who sang songs as they worked. Witches who ran sweet shops, and children who were smarter and quicker than the “big” people that were out to get them.

But a recent survey has shown that Roald Dahl is no longer one of the favourite authors, with children favouring Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Vampires.

300,000 children aged between 5-16 were asked what was their favourite books they borrowed.

Here is the Top 10.

1. Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Rachel Caine
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
3. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
4. Crocodile Tears, Anthony Horowitz
5. The Dead Girls’ Dance, Rachel Caine
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Jeff Kinney
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
8. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
9. Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors, Survivors, Cathy Hopkins
10. Survival, Chris Ryan


Wonka_Book_8934Not all is lost for Mr Dahl. He still remains the author that children have read most, and also the author that Teachers would recommend most.

So, people are still reading Roald Dahl, its just they are no longer the favourites.




Looking at the list, you would say that a lot of books are more “mature” than Roald Dahl.

Are children growing up in literature before their time?

Are tastes simply changing?

Is this the start of the end of The BFG?



“A little magic can take you a long way.”
Roald Dahl


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One response to “Has Roald Dahl become Roald Dull for children?

  1. Hello. Now following you. A happy accident as I was doing some research.
    Great post. I regard Roald Dahl as the best by far. I think it all depends on which books are presented on the market for children. Way too much publicity these days. Library closures aren’t helping much.
    Anyway … good to meet you. Chris.

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