Nov 172012

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public – well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can’t help but buy two Wonka’s Whipple–Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights – even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can’t compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that stands the test of time. Roald Dahl’s story continues to capture the attention and imaginations of children today, as it did when it was first published in 1964.  Children relate to Charlie Bucket who is an ordinary boy.  The story is one of good versus evil, where the antagonists are not monsters but naughty children, who get their just desserts in the end.  There is magic.  There is imagination.  There is chocolate.  And in the end, good behaviour is rewarded.     All of this makes Charlie and the Chocolaty factory an ideal book to study, since it has already engaged the children’s interest.  There are a myriad of things you can do, using this book in the classroom to build children’s skills across a range of curriculum areas.  Click here to access more than 100 activities involving comprehension, character studies, craft activities, maths, ESL, music, social science, art, science.  There are puzzles, games, word searches, worksheets and more…=>


Jan 292011

The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me

by Roald Dahl

The giraffe, the pelican and the agile monkey set

out to prove that they are the best window-cleaning
company around. This edition has some new facts
about Roald Dahl, and a great new cover featuring
Quentin Blake’s illustrations.

Fiction Activities for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

…  included in this package are links to:

- Activity sheet

- Teacher’s Notes

- Fiction activities

- Trivia Quiz

- Lesson

- Scholastic Book  wizard

- Group Project

- Lesson plan

for the whole package, click here =>

Sep 292010

Out now is the Puffin Designer Classics Limited Edition James and the Giant Peach, beautifully designed by Antony Gormley.

“Books should be good to hold and good to look at as well as good to read.”
Antony Gormley

Celebrating Puffin’s 70th anniversary, Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North and Another Place, has contributed to the Puffin Designer Classics collection with this beautiful hardback edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

This is a collectable, limited edition item, with only 1000 copies produced.

“Something is about to happen, he told himself. Something peculiar is about to happen at any moment. He hadn’t the faintest idea what it might be, but he could feel it in his bones that something was going to happen soon. He could feel it in the air around him… in the sudden stillness that had fallen upon the garden.”

Cheapest edition I could find for Australians is here =>
or you can buy it from Amazon here =>

Jan 042010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

~ Roald  Dahl

Illustrated by  Quentin Blake

Format: Paperback 96 pages


Released:   August 16 2007

Publisher: Puffin

Ages: 9-12

Themes: animals

Price: $7.50

In the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. The farmers in this case are a vaguely criminal team of three stooges: “Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean.” Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, within these pages their sole objective is the extermination of our hero–the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Our loyalties are defined from the start; after all, how could you cheer for a man named Bunce who eats his doughnuts stuffed with mashed goose livers? As one might expect, the farmers in this story come out smelling like … well, what farmers occasionally do smell like.

This early Roald Dahl adventure is great for reading aloud to three- to seven-year-olds, who will be delighted to hear that Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the obsessed farmers.

When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him–their own larders! In the end, Mr. Fox not only survives, but also helps the whole community of burrowing creatures live happily ever after. With his usual flourish, Dahl evokes a magical animal world that, as children, we always knew existed, had we only known where or how to look for it.

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Watch the movie trailer

Fiction Activities
Vocabulary List for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Lesson Plans for Fantastic Mr.Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox A matching game to reinforce characters in
this popular Roald Dahl novel.

Reading Quiz

Novel Study

Vocabulary PowerPoint   FantasticMr. Fox


Rainbow Journey Two

Lesson Plans

Vocabulary Exercises Activity1
&  Activity 2

Fantastic Mr. Fox NovelStudy

Novel Study

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Sep 132008

13th September Roald Dahl Day

More about Roald Dahl  


Roald Dahl booklist


Lesson plans for specific books


Ideas for teachers
Click here - for some great ideas for your class.

Worksheets for Younger children
Click here for six worksheets to print out for 5-7 year-olds.

Worksheets for Older children
Click here for eight worksheets to print out for 8-12 year-olds.

Roald Dahl Quiz

Colour-in sheet