Roald Dahl Books In Order

Discover all Roald Dahl books with our comprehensive list of all his work in chronological order of publishing.

Charlie Bucket Books with Quentin Blake in Order of Publication

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory(1964)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator(1972)
Two Classics by Roald Dahl (By: Quentin Blake)(2003)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book(2011)

Roald Dahl Standalone Novels In Order of Publication

The Gremlins(1943)
Some Time Never: A Fable for Supermen(1948)
James and the Giant Peach(1961)
The Magic Finger(1966)
Fantastic Mr. Fox(1970)
Danny: The Champion of the World(1975)
My Uncle Oswald(1979)
The Twits(1980)
George’s Marvellous Medicine(1981)
The BFG(1982)
The Witches(1983)
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me(1985)
Esio Trot(1990)
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke(1991)
The Mildenhall Treasure(1999)

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Great Switcheroo(1985)

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying(1946)
Someone Like You(1953)
Kiss Kiss(1959)
Skin and Other Stories(1960)
Selected Stories of Roald Dahl(1968)
Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl(1969)
Switch Bitch(1974)
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More(1977)
Tales of the Unexpected(1979)
Taste and Other Tales(1979)
A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories(1980)
More Tales of the Unexpected(1980)
New Tales of the Unexpected(1980)
The Way Up to Heaven and Other Stories(1980)
Revolting Rhymes(1982)
The Umbrella Man and Other Stories(1982)
The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories(1982)
Dirty Beasts(1983)
The Best of Roald Dahl(1983)
Two Fables(1986)
Completely Unexpected Tales(1986)
A Second Roald Dahl Selection(1987)
Rhyme Stew(1989)
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life(1989)
Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories(1995)
Edward the Conqueror and Other Stories(1996)
The Roald Dahl Treasury(1997)
Further Tales of the Unexpected(1999)
A Taste of the Unexpected(2005)
Vile Verses(2005)
Songs and Verse. Roald Dahl(2005)
Collected Short Stories(2006)
Spotty Powder and other Splendiferous Secrets(2010)
Three Tales of Magic and Mischief(2012)

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Enormous Crocodile(1978)
The Minpins(1991)
Trick or Treat(With: Quentin Blake)(2023)

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Boy: Tales of Childhood(1984)
Going Solo(1986)
Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety(1991)
Memories with Food at Gipsy House(1991)
My Year(1993)
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes(1994)
Roald Dahl’s Cookbook(1996)
Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes(2001)
The Dahlmanac(2006)
More About Boy: Roald Dahl’s Tales from Childhood(2009)
Dahlmanac 2(2009)
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book(2011)
Roald Dahl’s Fantabulous Facts(2012)
Roald Dahl’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Sticker Book(2012)

Publication Order of Anthologies

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories(1956)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 More Stories They Wouldn’t Let Me Do on TV(1957)
Stories for the Dead of Night(1957)
The Late Great Future(1976)
65 Great Spine Chillers(1982)
The 24th Pan Book of Horror Stories(1983)
Ready or Not: Here Come Fourteen Frightening Stories!(1987)
Duel — Horror Stories of the Road(1987)
The Man In Black(1990)
The Little Book of Horrors: Tiny Tales of Terror(1992)
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings(1998)
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream!(1999)
It’s Heaven to Be Seven(2000)
It’s Great to Be Eight(2000)
A Distant Cry(2002)
Murder On The Railways(2003)
A Tangled Web(2005)
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink(2007)
Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying(2009)
That Glimpse of Truth(2014)
Flight or Fright(2018)

More About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl, a master storyteller whose whimsical and often darkly humorous tales have captivated both children and adults, was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, Wales. His Norwegian parents imbued in him a love of stories, particularly those of Nordic folklore, which later echoed in his unique narrative style.

Dahl’s early life was not without hardship; he experienced the loss of his father and sister at a young age. He found solace in the escapism of reading and the adventure of storytelling, elements that would later become hallmarks of his writing. His education at Repton School in England was marked by a mixture of misery and merriment, experiences that would influence his portrayal of children’s often complex worldviews.

Before Dahl embarked on his writing career, he lived a life replete with adventure. During World War II, he served as a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force, a period that not only tested his bravery but also provided material for his early works, including his first published piece, “A Piece of Cake,” in 1942.

Dahl’s foray into children’s literature was somewhat serendipitous, beginning with stories he crafted for his own children. These bedtime tales became the seeds for some of his most beloved works. His first children’s book, “James and the Giant Peach,” published in 1961, was an instant success, but it was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 1964 that catapulted him to international fame.

The genius of Roald Dahl lies in his ability to blend the fantastical with the macabre, creating worlds that are at once wondrous and slightly sinister. His characters, whether the mischievous Matilda or the fearsome witches, are vividly drawn, often bucking convention and societal norms.

Dahl’s adult fiction, characterized by its dark humor and unexpected twists, reveals another facet of his storytelling prowess. His works for adults, including short story collections like “Kiss Kiss,” exhibit the same narrative ingenuity as his children’s books, but with a decidedly more cynical edge.

Beyond his literary contributions, Dahl’s legacy includes philanthropic endeavors, particularly in the fields of neurology, hematology, and literacy. His personal experiences with family illness led to his support of medical research and the establishment of charitable foundations.

Roald Dahl passed away on November 23, 1990, but his stories endure, continuing to enchant and inspire readers. His imaginative landscapes, where the underdog often triumphs and the mundane becomes magical, have secured his place as one of the foremost storytellers of the 20th century.

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Roald Dahl Books In Order of Difficulty

Roald Dahl write many many books for children of all ages, and some adults to.
Below we have listed some of his books aimed at the younger audiences.

Picture Books (0 to 3 years)

The Minpins
The Enormous Crocodile
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Roald Dahl Books 3+ years

The Enormous Crocodile
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Esio Trot

Roald Dahl Books 7+ years

George’s Marvellous Medicine
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator
The Witches

Roald Dahl Books 10+ years

Danny The Champion of The World
Going Solo
More About A Boy
The Witches
Fantastic Mr Fox

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