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This is such a magnificently wonderful book. It is a real treat to read.
I grew up loving the movie and saw the musical adaptation a few years ago. I love that all three versions are slightly different, but all are amazing.
This book is fantastically creative, well-written, and gets right to the core of the fears and fascinations of childhood. Each chapter of the book was so interesting. I love the world that Dahl creates. It's so easy to get sucked right in.
In typical Dahl fashion, it can be quite a ridiculous, violent, and odd journey at times. Very different from much of modern children's literature, but still fantastic in its own right.
This is one of my favorite books by Dahl along with James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.