Makes Me Smile: Roald Dahl Rules All

Roald Dahl remains the most popular children’s author among young adults, a survey has found. JK Rowling, whose first Harry Potter book sparked a publishing sensation when it hit the bookshelves 10 years ago, is only the fourth most popular author.Second and third place were taken by CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Peter Pan creator JM Barrie.Prolific children’s writer Enid Blyton, famous for the Famous Five series and the Noddy books, only made 10th place.

Dahl beats Rowling as young adults’ favourite author | News | Guardian Unlimited Books

Granted– I do love me some JK. And JM is a literary deity (flowers at his shrine)…


What does this tell us:

  • Humor rocks.
  • Kids want to have success in the face of kid-difficulty (Dahl’s books were never “Save the world” like the others as much as “make the world better for YOU”).
  • They like silly gross things.
  • Good stories are timeless.

I loved Dahl as a kid. When I was pre-tween (and even tween) I HATED reading. Yes. Me. Miss I’m-obsessed-with-all-things-entertaining. You couldn’t get me to sit still for 3 minutes without bouncing off the walls (hush peanut gallery who knows me). But Dahl?

Dahl was gold. For the 3rd graders– the only books I’ve heard come CLOSE to the ease & love of Dahl (from classroom kids, mind you) would be Captain Underpants. But boys & girls alike– avid readers to struggling readers… they love the Dahl.

Actually, I’ve been toying with naming my first invisible child after Dahl. Or at least my next dog. Dahlia/Dahl. You’re such a dahl (ba-dum pum ching!).

If you’re in a book store, take another gander at his book list… and think back to how much those books meant to you. Tells ya something about a great writer & the power of literary inspiration, yes? Indeed.

p.s. Thanks for the link heads-up, Anastasia. As always– you rock. 🙂

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