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Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus

An Oxford thesaurus of Roald Dahl's magic and mischief

Contributor Susan Rennie, Illustrator Quentin Blake, Contributor Roald Dahl, and Oxford Dictionaries

Suitable for:  For children aged 8 years and everyone who loves writing and Roald Dahl's books

Price:  £14.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-276669-4
Publication date: 07/11/2019
Hardback: 160 pages
Dimensions: 246x189mm

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This is a phizz-whizzing thesaurus of words invented by No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl and hundreds of real synonyms gathered together in themes. It's jammed full of words, Quentin Blake's illustrations, and language snippets to inspire children to write about anything - from human beans to witches, to outerspace, to food, giants and more!


  • For the first time ever, a children's thesaurus with brilliant words grouped in themes making it easy to dip in to and browse through
  • With words about loveliness to words about beastliness, from day to night, from magic to music, it is full of everyday and invented words
  • From the children's language experts at Oxford, it is authoritative, fun and accessible
  • Real citations from Roald Dahl's children's books and illustrations from Quentin Blake throughout
  • Will inspire readers young and old to gobblefunk with words in their creative writing, and build a lasting love of vocabulary and language exploration
  • Compiled by the lexicographer Susan Rennie, who compiled the fantabulous Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary and Roald Dahl's Rotsome and Repulsant Words

This page was last updated on 08 December 2019 at 04:30 GMT


  • It's wonderful to be working with OUP and Susan Rennie again, following the successful Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. If anything, the Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus is an even more delicious publication, and there is no one better placed than Susan to celebrate Roald Dahl's endlessly inventive use of language. She does so with her trademark wit and expertise, focusing not only on the WORDS my grandfather carefully chose and/or invented for his beloved tales, but taking us deep into the WORLDS of his stories in a brand new way. Each page, packed with photos and Quentin Blake illustrations, is so inviting, you find yourself exploring another and another and another. The Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus is a glorious treat for all Roald Dahl fans. What delights me even more is that I think it's going to offer a huge boost to less confident young readers and writers and give them practical tips and tools to help them enjoy playing with language and spinning their own splendiferous stories. -
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