first Roald Dahl book??

(29 Posts)
slp123 Sun 24-Nov-13 09:07:40

would you recommend a roald Dahl book for nearly 5yr old? I remember enjoying the magic finger as a young child but cant remember the exact age.
any recommendations for where to start would be greatly appreciated.

PublicEnemyNumeroUno Sun 22-Dec-13 20:43:49

I've bought my 5 year old some Roahl Dahl books for Christmas for us to. Read. One about a magic finger and I can't remember which others confused maybe the twits.

Skogkat Sun 22-Dec-13 20:41:38

Enormous Crocodile was great- DS found it hilarious.

The Twits were also the funniest thing ever, according to DS2 hmm

marceline Sun 22-Dec-13 20:06:29

I started with the BFG having never read it before (I'm foreign!). Both my DSs (age 4 and 9) loved it and we were all laughing so much, it was the first time they both enjoyed the same book! My little one now says 'We're big Roald Dahl fans!!' We went on to read EVERYTHING by Dahl after that. So that was a good start.

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 22-Dec-13 17:52:08

Enormous crocodile is liked in our house. DS is just 4

grabaspoon Sun 22-Dec-13 17:50:05

we started with Georgesmarvelous medicine than moved onto fantastic mr fox and the twits

AnneWentworth Sun 22-Dec-13 17:47:02

I would happily never read BFG ever again having read it multiple times as a child and way too many times to my DC who for some reason are addicted to it.

We are in fact currently reading it and it is 3 year olds first time. It may Wong it's way to the charity shop once we are done.

Tigresswoods Sun 22-Dec-13 17:19:40

I think Fantastic Mr Fox is a good 1st. I remember feeling v grown up with I read the BFG alone. I believe I was 6.

AnneWentworth Sun 22-Dec-13 16:58:16

My DS1 now 8 always returns to Fanrastic Mr Fox as it was his first that he read independently. The problem with TMF is that it isn't split into actual chapters.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 07-Dec-13 08:23:39

One of the big picture books, like The Enormous Crocodile or The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me.

I wouldn't go for chapter books yet, DS is 5 and struggles with the length of those two sometimes. Plus the chapter books tend to have fewer pictures.

SpottyDottie Sat 07-Dec-13 08:23:11

Well, gentle is probably the wrong word for Roald Dahl grin but you know what I mean!!

SpottyDottie Sat 07-Dec-13 08:18:25

Esio Trot is a nice gentle story.

legoplayingmumsunite Sun 01-Dec-13 18:28:03

The Enormous Crocodile (the simplest of all his books), The Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr Fox, and The Minpins, are the best of the short Roald Dahl books as far as we are concerned. The DDs were 3/4 when we started reading them, DD2 is still a bit young (at 4) for the chapter books and phased out a bit when DH read The BFG to them.

tweetytwat Tue 26-Nov-13 14:26:14

We did George's Marvellous Medicine first, then James and the Giant Peach (not entirely sure they both followed that one really), The Twits, then Charlie and Choc. Esio Trot on the go at present. (We got the cheap set from the Book People) They are 4 and 6. The 6yo would be able to read a simpler one herself but won't hmm

We read giraffe pelly and me and then GMM and FMFox to 3.5 year old Dd. Now on with JaGP. She loves them!

labtest Tue 26-Nov-13 14:19:54

I started reading Roald Dahl to my daughter when she was 4. The first book we read was The Minpins. She loved it and we went on to read all his other books.

Giraffe, Pelly & Me

PeasandCucumbers Sun 24-Nov-13 23:25:07

Giraffe, Pelly & me or The Twits, both great short stories

fuzzpig Sun 24-Nov-13 09:27:38

I've avoided BFG for the same reason sad I'd love to show her the film too but she is very sensitive/easily scared

wonkylegs Sun 24-Nov-13 09:27:34

We got the whole set and have been working our way through them for bedtime stories a few chapters at a time.
We've done Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The great glass elevator, the bfg, James & the Giant Peach and Georges Marvellous Medicine. We are currently working through Fantastic Mr Fox.
His very favourite was the BFG and he's asked to read it again.

givemeaclue Sun 24-Nov-13 09:26:13

Enormous crocodile is perfect for that age.

sleeplessinderbyshire Sun 24-Nov-13 09:25:24

we read the twits with DD1 who is 4. She loved it especially as the chapters are so short. We're reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at bedtimes now and she likes it but it's harder going than the twits. Friends have read the BFG with similar age kids but I'm avoiding it as DD is such a crap sleeper I cannot face the idea that she'll add childcatching giants to her list of scary things to wake up and scream about

fuzzpig Sun 24-Nov-13 09:24:45

If you go to whsmiths they've got some really lovely A4 colour illustrated copies of some Roald Dahl books. George's Marvellous Medicine was the first chapter book I read DD smile

DeathByLaundry Sun 24-Nov-13 09:23:33

Hands down The Twits. I also read DS George's Marvellous Medicine at that age.

kelda Sun 24-Nov-13 09:22:51

My girls love Matilda.

Meglet Sun 24-Nov-13 09:21:58

The Twits. IIRC the chapters are only a couple of pages long, makes it easy to break it down into bedtime story over a couple of weeks. I read it to DS when he was in reception year.

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