Hi,

Today I saw an excellently priced collection of the works of Roald Dahl. I loved reading his books when I was growing up but just can't remember quite how old I was when I started. I would like to buy these books for my nephew, who is six but I am concerned that he may not be ready for them. What do you think?

asked 10 Nov '09, 10:38

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+1 Books are always a great gift.

(10 Nov '09, 18:18) Emi

My eldest son is just coming up to 6, and thoroughly enjoying reading Fantastic Mr Fox and George's Marvellous Medicine to himself. (Admittedly he's a good reader for his age.)

He's enjoyed us reading them to him for a long time before that, too. He's found James and the Giant Peach a little bit slow, but I'm sure he'll devour it some time in the next six months.

I suspect I know the bargain you're talking about: I'd go for it if I were you. If they turn out to be a little too grown up for him, he can always leave them on the shelf for a year. Better that than getting them when they're too "young" for him (although that's a more relevant concern with other children's books than Roald Dahl ones, which have a long-lasting appeal in my view).

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answered 10 Nov '09, 10:57

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I remember having to read James and the Giant Peach because it was given to me at school and distinctly remember being bored. I clearly remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I must have been around 8, I loved it. For me Roald Dahl is pretty magical :)

(10 Nov '09, 18:15) Emi

I remember The Witches best - I vividly remember it being read to us at school. I seem to remember getting hold of a copy and reading it all in one night, too. I remember being very disturbed by Boy a few years later though, with all the talk of corporal punishment.

(10 Nov '09, 20:55) Jon Skeet

If there is someone who will read them to him, I think 4 or 5 is about the earliest. It depends on the book of course. Mine both loved the BFG when we read it to them last summer, they were 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 at the time. The eldest (who is now 7, nearly 8) has also enjoyed Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but the younger found them a bit too slow. I'm saving the Witches, because I think it's a bit scary.

Could you get the set and trickle them to him over a number of birthdays and other gift giving occasions?

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answered 10 Nov '09, 13:52

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Even at three years old my daughter really enjoyed "The Minpins". She's four now and when we don't have time to read the whole story, she sometimes requests "the scary parts."

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As for The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, on the other hand, I wouldn't recommend it before your kid's a young teenager at least. The title story isn't bad for a kid of eight or ten, but among the stories is a rather unpleasant one about a couple of teenagers bullying (not to say torturing) a young boy.

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