15. The Enormous Crocodile.
Inventiveness: 6. The enormous crocodile eventually dies because an elephant swings him by the tail and sends him crashing into the sun. An amazing ending.
Believability: 6. It could be a true story. Can you prove that crocodiles don’t eat children? Exactly.
Fun factor: 1. It’s about a child-eating crocodile.
14. Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator.
Inventiveness: 7. Charlie and his family use the chocolate factory’s elevator to rocket into space.
Believability: 2. Grandma Josephine takes a pill to make her younger and ends up being minus two. That’s not a thing.
Fun factor: 4. It’s good because it’s about space, but its got nothing on Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
13. The Minpins.
Inventiveness: 5. It’s about a forest filled with Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers and Vermicious knids.
Believability: 4. Communities of tiny people could live in trees.
Fun factor: 4. Billy flies on the back of a swan, which just sounds incredible.
12. The Magic Finger.
Inventiveness: 5. The girl has a magic finger that can disfigure people she doesn’t like.
Believability: 5. It’s nice to think that one girl can put a stop to hunting by using a powerful appendage.
Fun factor: 4. Although it has a happy ending, it’s quite a sad story about hunting.
11. The Twits.
Inventiveness: 7. Tricking your husband into eating worms by telling him you’ve prepared him spaghetti is borderline genius.
Believability: 5. Tying someone to a bunch of helium balloons in order to get rid of them could work.
Fun factor: 2. Loses points for being a bit gross and very anti-beard.
10. George’s Marvelous Medicine.
Inventiveness: 6. Every child tried to make their own marvelous medicine after reading this.
Believability: 2. Making a magical potion to punish your grandmother out of slugs, snails, paint and toothpaste could feasibly work.
Fun factor: 7. There’s no revenge quite like feeding your grandmother a potion that sends her to space.
9. Danny The Champion Of The World.
Inventiveness: 3. It’s not magical, but the “Sticky Hat” is hands down the best poaching method.
Believability: 10. Possibly the only Roald Dahl book whose plot could actually happen.
Fun factor:. 3. Mrs. Clipstone smuggles pheasants through the village in a giant pram in a bid to outwit the landowner, which is pretty cool.
8. The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me.
Inventiveness: 9. It involves a giraffe, a pelican, a monkey and a small child as an elite window cleaning team.
Believability: 3. Giraffes don’t actually have extendable necks.
Fun factor: 5. There’s a burglar with a gun!
7. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Inventiveness: 8. There’s lickable wallpaper, everlasting gobstoppers and meal-replacement chewing gum.
Believability: 3. No one actually lives in one bed with four grandparents.
Fun factor: 7. Mike gets stretched by a machine to correct having been shrunk earlier. Amazing.
6. The Witches.
Inventiveness: 8. The witches have square feet, no hair and claws instead of finger nails. ARGHHHH.
Believability: 7. Have you been to Norway? Can you prove that child-hating witches don’t live there? Thought not.
Fun factor: 4. Fun, but utterly terrifying.
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Inventiveness: 8. The idea of cunning foxes who are capable of outsmarting people is just excellent.
Believability: 6. Animals don’t talk in real life.
Fun factor: 5. It all ends with a celebratory underground banquet prepared by Mrs. Fox. Yum.
4. Esio Trot.
Inventiveness: 9. Writing words backwards in order to cast some kind of growing spell on a tortoise is a great move.
Believability: 5. Alfie gets so big that he can’t fit into his owner’s house, which seems unlikely.
Fun factor: 10. Winning over your dream lady by making her tortoise grow is maybe the loveliest thing.
3. The BFG.
Inventiveness: 10. It’s about a friendly giant who blows good dreams into children’s windows.
Believability: 7. Nice though it sounds, using a giant’s ear as a method of transport is not practical.
Fun factor: 10. Sophie meets the queen! She enters the palace through a window! The queen!
2. James And The Giant Peach.
Inventiveness: 10. If you were an orphan and you entered a giant peach, it’d be amazing to make friends with magically-altered garden bugs.
Believability: 8. You can’t actually live in a peach.
Fun factor: 10. The peach flies! To America! Incredible!
Inventiveness: 10. The girl can make stuff move with her eyes.
Believability: 10. It’s entirely feasible that being really smart means possessing telekinetic abilities. It’s just going to take some practice, right?
Fun factor: 10. There’s a chokey and a character called Bruce Bogtrotter.