first: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.
... really the reason i picked roald dahl this week. i've been ready "james" to my 3 year old son this week, and when we hit this scene, which i had absolutely no memory of, the image hit me immediately and i had to paint it!
second: THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX.
... the boy may be a bit young for this one yet.
part of the reason i love roald dahl is that his children's fiction is full of such visceral, inky blackness. terrible things happen. characters are dispatched in horrible, if often ludicrous, fashion. dahl shies away from none of it, but presents it in a way that children still find deeply fun and compelling.
to hell with r.l. stein. roald dahl was the master of children's horror.