Roald Dahl’s stories are packed full of daring and delightful descriptions. Some are brilliantly beautiful, and some are downright revolting. This World Book Day, let’s take a look at some of the best Roald Dahl character descriptions out there…
Miss Trunchbull is no ordinary headteacher. In this wicked description she seems inhumanly terrifying. We don’t know about you, but it seems like we can feel the “dangerous heat” of The Trunchbull coming right off the page.
Miss Honey is a wonderful teacher and one of the only adults that Matilda can rely on. Unlike the menacing heat from The Trunchbull, Miss Honey’s warmth is comforting and uplifting, a lovely symbol for her role in the rest of the story.
Up to this point in the story, we have heard a lot about the magnificent Willy Wonka but haven’t seen him yet! We love this sentence from his first appearance. Instead of a grand and glorious description, Roald Dahl focuses on the subtle twinkle in his eye. We think this makes our master chocolatier even more mysterious.
Sometimes the only way to describe something truly beastly is with a limerick! We love this rhyme for the three vile farmers who hunt Fantastic Mr Fox. It’s simple, witty, and brilliantly sums up their pure nastiness.
Simple and effective. This description may not be long or complicated, but we think there’s no better way to describe the gruesome and cabbage-y Aunt Sponge.
This one is truly revolting. Those bits of horrible, rotting food in Mr Twit’s beard is enough to make even the bravest person’s stomach churn. If you ask us, Roald Dahl’s gruesome details are what makes his stories so unique and splendiferous.