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by | Sep 3, 2020

Book of the Month: Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief

Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief

Written by Susan Rennie and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Suitable for children aged 7+

Celebrate Roald Dahl Story Day on Sunday 13th September with Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief, a brand-new, wickedly mischievous guide to the magical words and langwitch created by the world’s number one storyteller!

Ideal for widening vocabulary, this phizz-whizzing language book will inspire your child to use, spell, and say new words with confidence, as they learn spellbinding facts about magical language. It will help them improve their spelling and encourage them to have fun with creative writing, mixing their own marvellous words to biffsquiggle grown-ups.

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We’re also redunculously excited to be launching a new edition of Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words in the same gorgeous hardback square format. It’s a great way for children to learn about language in a fun and mischievous way, and makes the perfect gift for cheeky chiddlers!

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Win a Roald Dahl Language Book Bundle!

To celebrate the publication of these ringbelling Roald Dahl language books, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win them both!

For a chance to win a copy Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief and Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words, we want your child to get gobblefunking and invent their very own magical word.

Here are some top tips from Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief:

  • Concoct new synonyms for a word by changing the ending. For example,witchy becomes witchful, witchsome or even witchicious!
  • Brew up a new magic word using rhyme! Roald Dahl loved to make up words this way, likeflavory-savory, Oompa-Loompa and ozimus-zozimus.
  • Make a new word by respelling words likefantastic or fantabulous with PH to make phantastic and phantabulous. They instantly look more magical!

To enter, simply comment on the competition Facebook post with your child’s made-up magical word.

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UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 27 September 2020.
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About the books

Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk

Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief

Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief contains magic words that may cause tortoises to grow rapidly, potions that can turn grandmas into beanpoles, and paraphernalia that can transform grown-ups into ducks.

Full of the most spellbinding words, definitions, examples, (and some mischievous morsels about alliteration, blends and words origins), it is the perfect introduction to how to be magical with words.

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Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words

Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words gathers together the most outrageously rotsome and repulsant words from Roald Dahl’s stories.

It’s full of definitions, examples, and whoppsy good information on alliteration, spoonerisms, malapropisms, blends, word origins, and collective nouns – helping children to learn about language in a fun and mischievous way!

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About the writer

Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief and Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words have been compiled by writer, researcher and lexicographer Dr Susan Rennie, who was also the chief editor of the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary and Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus. Susan is also one of the co-founders of Itchy Coo Books and has written several books in Scots for children, including the award-winning Animal ABC and The Derk Isle, the first Scots translation of Tintin.

Book Extras

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Suitable for children aged 7+.

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’.

This dictionary does all those things. All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, with real citations from Roald Dahl’s children’s books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, to inspire and encourage young writers and readers.

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Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus

Suitable for children aged 8+.

This is a real thesaurus for all chiddlers and even some adult human beans. It features hundreds of spliffling words used and created by the world’s best storyteller, Roald Dahl, together with useful synonyms, related words and phrases, idioms and word origins.

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