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Teachers say Roald Dahl is children's favourite author

13/03/2012 Joanna
A survey of primary school teachers has revealed much-loved children's author Roald Dahl to be the favourite among pupils.

Harry Potter writer JK Rowling and author of The Gruffalo series Julia Donaldson were joint second in the poll, with teachers rating The Gruffalo as the overall best book.

The study by education resources website Teachit Primary, which is part of AQA, found that some 17 per cent of teachers surveyed thought Dahl was the favourite author among their pupils.

Commenting on the findings, Siobhain Archer, who founded the Teachit website, said that despite The Gruffalo winning Best Book in the poll, Dahl's memorable tales dominated the list.

Some 848 primary school teachers responded to the survey, with five of the Cardiff-born author's books named in the overall top ten favourite books.

Children's most-loved Roald Dahl books were Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Danny The Champion Of The World, The BFG and George's Marvellous Medicine, the BBC reported.

"When counted together with all those who could not name a favourite title but who said any of Dahl's books were a hit with their classes, a staggering 17 per cent of primary teachers named him as their favourite children's author," Ms Archer told the news provider.

Amanda Conquy, who is chairman of Roald Dahl's Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, revealed that the reason behind his enduring legacy is the books' timeless appeal.

"They seem as contemporary now as they did when he wrote them," she told the BBC.

"Each one is very different. What's similar to them all is that they are really funny."

Ms Conquy, who is also Dahl's estate manager, added that while Harry Potter is very popular, the density of the books and complexity of the plots are perhaps not conducive to classroom reading, meaning Dahl's books are preferred by teachers.

Roald Dahl died in 1990 after living a hugely exciting life. The story of his childhood and time as a fighter pilot in World War II can be read in his child-friendly autobiographies, Boy and Going Solo.

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