You love Roald Dahl: Now Read This!

On Friday I was lucky enough to go to the very beautiful city of Cardiff to run two workshops at the Fantastic Mr Fiction conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Thank you very much all who attended, and for the enthusiasm you demonstrated. It made the very long journey home to the South coast worth it! Please see the list below that both the morning and afternoon sessions came up with. If you feel that anything is missing, please add in the comments section.


Funny books list from Alison Baker’s workshop at the Fantastic Mr Fiction conference, 4/11/16


  • The Spot on my Bum- Gez Walsh
  • Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats- TS Eliot
  • Michael Rosen
  • Brian Patten
  • Please Mrs Butler/ Heard it In the Playground- Allan Ahlberg
  • Centrally Heated Knickers- Michael Rosen
  • Spike Milligan
  • Woollard

Information texts/ non fiction

  • Horrible Histories- Terry Deary
  • Murderous Maths- Kjartan Poskitt
  • Doctor Dog- Babette Cole
  • Mummy Laid an Egg- Babette Cole
  • Guinness Book of World Records
  • The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff- Andy Seed (and sequels)

Picture books

  • Room on the Broom/ The Smartest Giant in Town- Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet/ The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas- Dougie Poynter and Tom Pinchon
  • Burglar Bill- Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Aliens love Underpants– Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
  • Want My Hat Back- Jon Klassen
  • When Chico Went Fishing- Robin Tzannes
  • Oi Frog/ Oi Dog- Kes Gray and Jim Field
  • Two Frogs- Chris Wormell
  • Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pigs- Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury
  • Beware of Boys- Tony Blundell
  • The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss
  • The Time it Took Tom- Nick Sharratt
  • Traction Man- Mini Grey
  • Mr Wolf’s Pancakes- Jan Fearnley
  • Eloise at the Plaza/ Eloise at Christmas- Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
  • Sir Charlie Stinky Socks- Kristina Stephenson
  • Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
  • Not Now Bernard- David Mckee
  • I’m Coming to Get You- Tony Ross
  • It’s A Book- Lane Smith
  • The Book with No Pictures- B. J. Novak
  • I need a Wee/ Dwi ddim eisiau pi-pi- Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
  • Who’s in the Shed?- Brenda Parkes and Ester Kosepuu
  • The Giant of Jum- Elli Woollard and Benji Davies

Early Chapter Books (KS1-Y3)

  • The Grunts- Philip Ardagh
  • Claude- Alex T Smith
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl
  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean- Lauren Child
  • Betsy Bigalow- Malorie Blackman
  • Dixie O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery- Shirley Hughes and Clara Vuilliamy
  • Ginger Ninja and others- Shoo Rayner
  • Astrosaurs- Steve Cole
  • Flat Stanley- Jeff Brown
  • Dennis the Menace- Steven Butler
  • Clementine- Sarah Pennypacker
  • Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf- Catherine Storey
  • Horrid Henry- Francesca Simon
  • Agatha Parrot- Kjartan Poskitt
  • My Mum’s going to Explode- Jeremy Strong
  • Sophie- Dick King-Smith
  • You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum- Andy Stanton
  • Moone Boy- Chris O’Dowd
  • Cakes in Space- Philip Reeves & Sarah McIntyre
  • Ottoline – Chris Riddell
  • Julius the Zebra- Gary Northfield
  • Captain Underpants- Dav Pilkey
  • The Legend of Spud Murphy- Eoin Colfer
  • The Diary of a Killer Cat- Anne Fine

Junior Chapter Books (Y4-Y7/8)

  • The Boy in the Dress/ Mr Stink- David Walliams
  • Rent a Bridesmaid- Jacqueline Wilson
  • Mallory Towers series- Enid Blyton
  • Millions/ Framed- Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Early Harry Potter series- J. K. Rowling
  • Darcy Burdock- Laura Dockrill
  • Johnny Books/ Diggers/ Truckers/ The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents- Terry Pratchett
  • Prankenstein- Andy Seed
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket
  • Casson family series- Hilary McKay
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney
  • Tom Gates- Liz Pichon
  • Bartimaeus trilogy- Jonathan Stroud
  • The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series- Louise Rennison (Y6 and above)
  • Dork Diaries series- Rachel Renee Russell
  • Ruby Redfort series- Lauren Child
  • Madame Pamplemousse series- Rupert Kingfisher

A quick word of advice- check these books out yourself before introducing them to your class. Read the first 100 words to check that they’re appropriate. Check out the authors in your local library!


5 thoughts on “You love Roald Dahl: Now Read This!

  1. Well done, excellent list! I would add Funny Poems (ed by Jan Dean, pub Scholastic) to the poetry list as well. My book, mentioned in the non-fic list, is actually titled ‘The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff’. Thanks for including it!

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