The Very Best Roald Dahl Quotes about Reading for World Book Day

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9:00am, 1st March
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Roald Dahl’s stories are packed with brilliantly booky quotes. This World Book Day we've rounded up our very favourites...

Matilda is reading a book on a pale blue background. A quote reads

We think these wise words from Mrs Phelps (the helpful librarian from Matildareally capture the spirit of sharing stories. It doesn't matter if you can't understand every single word as long as you're enjoying the experience. 

The words

Like the BFG, we love learning new words from stories - for example, 'scrumdiddlyumptious', an adjective used to describe a food that is utterly delicious... or 'repulsant', which means something disgusting and vile - like slimy snozzcumbers!

James from James and the Giant Peach is holding a book up in the air on a green background. The quote reads

We're with James' friends on this one - we want to hear our favourite story again and again and again. (And maybe then just once more after that for luck.)

Matilda is jumping and holding a book on a pale blue background. A quote from Matilda reads 'the books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives'

We wonder where might you go, and who might you meet today, dear reader. 

The quote reads

Miss Honey asking a question that we always love to hear (and always love to ask!). 

The quote reads ‘All right,’ he said. ‘What sort of story shall we have tonight?’

An all-important follow up to Miss Honey's question above. We think, perhaps, we might like to hear an adventure involving pheasants today... 

The quote reads 'I guess you think you know this story. You don’t. The real one’s much more gory'

Sometimes stories have unexpected twists and turns, like this retelling of Cinderella from Revolting Rhymes

The quote reads 'her witch stories, unlike most of the others, were not imaginary tales.'. The image shows Grandmama kissing her mouse grandson

Like Grandma's tales about witches, sometimes the scariest stories are based on things that are absolutely, categorically real.

The quote reads 'All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen'. Matilda is lying on the floor, reading a book.

In the pages of a good book you might see through the eyes of a witch-hunting mouse-boy, or a ladderless window cleaner, or even an incredible inventor of chocolate treats

The quote reads 'No book ever ends, when it’s full of your friends.' The giraffe, the Pelly, the monkey and Billy are all looking forward to the next adventure.

Whether your favourite friends are a strange trio of window washers or any of the other friendly faces from Roald Dahl’s stories, you can always visit them again by simply opening a book.