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14 memories from Roald Dahl books that will always be with you

If you have good thoughts…

STEVEN SPIELBERG HAS announced plans to direct a new film version of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

This should be exciting news for anyone who’s ever delved into the wonderful world of Dahl’s books, from Matilda to The Twits to Fantastic Mr Fox.

Here are some of the memories we’ll always hold dear…

1. The concoction from George’s Marvellous Medicine

  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving soap
  • Face cream
  • Nail varnish
  • Sheep medicine
  • Pig pills
  • Cow medicine
  • Horse medicine
  • Curry powder
  • Spices

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  • Automatic washing powder
  • Floor Polish
  • Flea Powder
  • Brown show polish
  • Lipstick
  • Perfume
  • Hairspray
  • Engine oil
  • Anti freeze
  • Grease
  • Dark brown gloss paint (for colour)

George's_Marvellous_Medicine_first_edition Source: Wikimedia

2. How disgusting snozzcumbers sounded

The poor BFG had nothing else to eat, and only frobscottle to drink. And everyone knows frobscottle causes whizzpopping.

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3. But how delicious snozzberries* sounded

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*Or did they? According to the Roald Dahl Wikia the word ‘snozzberry’ was also used in his novel My Uncle Osward as a slang term for penis. 


4. The disgusting beard from The Twits

Beards weren’t always the glorious man face rugs they are today.

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The_Twits_first_edition Source: Wikimedia

5. The granny from George’s Marvellous Medicine’s mouth

It was described as a “small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom”.

So vivid. So disturbing.

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6. Staring at something really hard… just in case

How many of you spent hours staring at candles and pencils trying to train yourselves?

Hey, if Matilda could do it…

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7. Becoming suspicious that you definitely knew a witch

Sure they were lurking EVERYWHERE, with their cleverly concealed bald heads and plans to turn children into mice.

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8. And trying to convince your parents that you didn’t need a bath

The Witches could only smell out clean children. If you were dirty, you were safe.

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9. Ugly people have ugly thoughts

But if you have good thoughts…


10. Photos of Roald Dahl as a boy

Dahl’s autobiographical works Boy and Going Solo contained several black and white images of his childhood and young adult years. Like these:

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11. That chocolate cake

Poor old Bruce Bogtrotter stole a piece of cake from Matilda’s headteacher Mrs Trunchbull. And then he had to pay the price, and eat this monstrosity:

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The cast re-enacted the scene from the movie version of Matilda for its 17th anniversary.

This is Bruce Bogtrotter now:

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12. Your dreams and nightmares in jars

The BFG worked tirelessly to collect good dreams in jars to blow into the bedrooms of sleeping children. He could pick up the sounds of the dreams (and nightmares) with his enormous ears.

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Roald Dahl wrote this letter to a little girl who sent him a dream in 1989. So many feels.

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13. Finding a Golden Ticket

We can’t be alone in remembering ripping open a Dairy Milk or a Caramac in the hopes there might be a coveted Golden Ticket inside, just like Charlie.

CC_Wonka-Bar-from-the-movie Source: Collectingcandy

14. Just how fantastic was Fantastic Mr Fox?

It was tough not to root for the charismatic Mr Fox, but we couldn’t help feel sorry for those poor chickens.

Mr_fox2 Source: Teachingchildrenphilosophy

Did we miss any of your favourite memories or books? Let us know in the comments section… oh and watch out for witches!

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