The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me—Roald Dahl
This book was short and sweet and so will this review be:
This was about a little boy who was introduced to his new neighbours: a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey. They had just moved in and were renovating a house to be their business. They were opening a window cleaning business and the boy shows them a house that really needs it since there are several hundred windows and they all live happily ever after cleaning these windows.
It was short, which was good since there was zero plot for this kids book, and I liked it. It was cute and Daryl liked the bits about the animals.
James and the Giant Peach—Roald Dahl
Again, being a kid of the 90s I watched the movie version of this first and I believe I thought it was super creepy.
The book however was quite sweet. The story is, of course, that James’ parents die, he moves in with his terrible aunts, they mistreat him, magic makes a peach grow alongside a bunch of bugs in the area, and adventure begins as the aunts are bowled over by the oversized peach.
I really liked this one, it had funny jokes, wordplay, and I learned some interesting information on bugs.
Definitely a good book for any age child.
The Witches—Roald Dahl
Hey there, here’s another for the list of things not to read to children.
Firstly, I don’t know why the hell I thought Roald Dahl WASN’T going to be a big creep. The descriptions alone should’ve made me turn away from reading these to a two year old.
I mean, the book is called “The Witches”. I should’ve known.
But hey. Live and learn, right?
Short, creepy, and full of witches, mice, and mayhem, this book is about a kid who discovers real witches and learns from his grandmother how to fight them off.
The problem is: Witches look like any normal person.
In the beginning of the book Dahl goes on to give you a list of people who are likely witches, they are always women and could be anyone from your teacher to your mother to the person reading the book right now. And then goes on to describe how you can tell who is a witch and who isn’t.
The only saving grace I had working with this book was that Daryl would fall asleep pretty easily during it. And that I would use a witch hand to tickle him so that it wasn’t so terrifying.
Good for older kids I suppose.
If you hate them and want to give them nightmares.