Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Posted by jack_miller | Published 8 months ago

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By: Oxford Languages, Susan Rennie , et al.

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This is not an ordinary dictionary. After all, you wouldn't expect an Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to be ordinary, would you? Lots of dictionaries tell you what an "alligator" is, or how to spell "balloon" but they won't explain the difference between a "ringbeller" and a "trogglehumper," or say why witches need "gruntles' eggs" or suggest a word for the shape of a "Knid."

All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, like "biffsquiggled" and "whizzpopping," to remind you what means what. You'll also find out where words came from, rhyming words, synonyms and lots of alternative words for words that are overused.

Oxford Children's Dictionaries are perfect for supporting literacy and learning and this is the world's first Roald Dahl Dictionary from the word experts at Oxford University Press. With real citations from Roald Dahl's children's books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary will inspire and encourage young writers and readers.
Roald Dahl's highly original, inventive use of the English alphabet to create the *perfect* word for any situation was astounding -- and now, instead of just coming across each word on its own by reading all of his books (which I highly recommend doing in any case!), you can find his wonderfully entertaining words embedded and explained, with lovely examples from his texts, within a regular dictionary for children. It's easy to know which words are his -- they are in blue, while all others are in black type. Even the "ordinary" words provide excerpts from Dahl's texts as examples of word usage. Put this book on your child's bookshelf, and also dip into it together with your child at bedtime: it is not only a delight and very funny (and, btw, educational), but it can perhaps inspire creative wordsmithing of one's own.
No review of Roald Dahl's books of any kind, including this one, can fail to include the utterly charming, beautiful, funny illustrations of the genius artist/illustrator Quentin Blake.
Kudos to Dr. Susan Rennie, whose name is given as the compiler of this fantabulous volume!

- luciana_ross

My daughter is a fan of Roald Dahl. I couldn't wait to buy her htis dictionary because I thought it might just fit in with her love of Roald Dahl.

This book is exactly as you would expect. Colorful, great drawings and superb words.

Roald Dahl is well known for his love of crazy made up words. Whizpopper, Gobblefunk, frobscuttle and more. If you forget what a word means you can look it up here. Or you can just browse the fun, crazy words and try to use them in your daily life. Do you feel hopscotchy? (Happy!) Does your room look ucky mucky?

This reflect Roald Dahl as you know and love him in his children's books. It's a great dictionary.

- mathias_collins

If you love Roald Dahl, then you need to get this book. My husband is a huge fan of his and has every book and movie. I came across this by accident and my husband didn't even know about it. He was quite surprised on his birthday and sat down reading through all of Roald's unique words. There are true words from the dictionary as well but every word he uses in his books is in here too. It was a real treat!

- lawrence_myers

Brought this to help my kids with researching words. I like that it has pictures and is colorful, they seem to enjoy that vs the old fashion dictionary!

- sariyah_ortiz

My kids love Roald Dahl, and this was very wonderfully recieved by them!

- myles_lopez

We love Roald Dahl anything. This dictionary is fun,
all of his words in one book along with alot more common words.
Having a BFG Party this weekend and thought this would be great for
the coffee table piece.

- wade_morris

epic little dictionary well wrote

- andres_jackson

Wonderful! More than expected. My 8 yr old son is an ultimate Dahl fan, like I was as a child (and still am). A must!

- zaria_ramos

One of my earlier memories as a reader is of me sitting in my mum’s car (which was stationary on our driveway) and refusing to leave because I was reading a really good book. That book was Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. The reason I mention this rather quirky reading location is because that memory has stuck with me and I think that great books can do that to you. If I have a memory of reading a book then I think it must have been good.

I loved Roald Dahl’s dastardly books. They were not your usual happy go lucky fairytales and when you reread them as an adult you can see that there are some pretty sinister things happening. I think that is what made Roald Dahl so successful. In a weird way he told the truth…not of witches turning children into mice (although just because I’ve never seen it happen doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen) but by showing children that the world and the people are not always nice and sometimes people don’t always get their happily ever after. I think that is why – 25 years after Roald Dahl died – that his popularity has sustained.

The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary is the work of scholar Susan Rennie; she celebrates the work of Roald Dahl in this wonderful book which includes so much more than dictionary definitions. She explains literary techniques such as spoonerisms, malapropism and alliteration among many others. She also looks closely at certain characters and stories. It really is a wonderful reminder of all the fantastic stories: from Matilda to Esio Trot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach. Rennie also included books of Dahl’s that I have to admit that I haven’t read (but they have swiftly been added on my to-be-read pile). On top of all of this, the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary includes the fabulous and instantly recognisable illustrations of the wonderful Quentin Blake.

Reading the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary is best described using one of Roald Dahl’s made up words – GLORIUMTIOUS! No children’s bookshelf is complete without it!

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- nylah_adams

Fantastically funny! Makes children learn to use a dictionary in such a fun way.

- devin_walker

Received very quickly and in "as new" condition. Words given their context within Dahl's books plus his own splendiferouos words and their use. Already forwarded to granddaughter - after giving it a good look through myself.

- franco_ramirez

My grandsons aged 8 and 9 loved these books. They giggled and laughed all evening at the words. Now they have taken them to school to use and told me very easy to find the right word. Thumbs up from them both. Excellent gift!

- barbara_davis

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