If you ask my 9 year old who her favourite author is, the answer would be Roald Dahl. She asked for his collection of books last Christmas, and is currently reading her way through them. When I told her that McDonald’s would be featuring the Roald Dahl books in their Happy Meals, she was over the moon.

2 of the books which will be making an appearance in the Happy Meals

2 of the books which will be making an appearance in the Happy Meals

Both of my children have always enjoyed reading, and we started to read to them from when they were tiny babies. My husband took on the role of ‘chief storyteller’ as they became toddlers, as Daddies funny voices were SO much better than Mummies. Now being 9 and 13, I still encourage them to have at least 15 minutes of reading before bedtime. I find it really sad that some children have never been read a bedtime story, and some don’t even have any books in the house.

Katie's collection of Roald Dahl books

Katie’s collection of Roald Dahl books

I think its fantastic that McDonald’s have teamed up with The National Literacy Trust, Penguin Random House and The Roald Dahl Literacy Trust. For 6 weeks there will be an exclusive Roald Dahl book in every Happy Meal. As a mum this makes me very happy, as it sure beats those annoying plastic toys you get, which end up in the charity bag the following week.

My daughter was sent 2 of the books from the series, Beastly Creatures and Incredible Inventions. The books are bright and colourful, and the perfect size for children. In addition to the book you can also download the Happy Studio App. This will enable your books to come to life with the addition of sounds, pictures and animations. You can also find exciting Roald Dahl games and activities on the app.

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You also get a voucher on the side of your Happy Meal box, which you can redeem in participating WH Smiths stores. For just £1 you can pick up Mischief and Mayhem or Spotty Powder and other Splendiferous Secrets.

Katie has already planned her next visit to McDonald’s, as she is desperate to complete her collection of fantastic books. Thank you to McDonald’s for providing Katie with 2 books, and a selection of goodies for her.

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6 Thoughts on “Happy Meals introduce Roald Dahl Books

  1. I have mixed feelings about the Roald Dahl books being given away. On the one hand I think that it is fantastic that MacDonalds are giving books away as probably books will reach children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity or money to buy them. On the other hand children are being encouraged to eat at MacDonalds because they will receive a book. Is the promise of a free book encouraging our children to eat unhealthily?


    • Tracey Williams on October 13, 2015 at 10:45 am said:

      We personally visit McDonald’s once a month as a treat for the kids. I do think they are trying to be more healthy with the introduction of fruit bags and carrot sticks in the Happy Meals x

  2. I love that they have put books in the Happy Meals – so much better than a plastic toy! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • Tracey Williams on October 14, 2015 at 11:46 am said:

      I know. How annoying are those plastic toys. Occasionally you get something really fab in the meals such as the books, and the plastic Lego cups from a while ago. I think I use those cups everyday x

  3. We are big fans of Roald Dahl and Ben was thrilled to get a book in his latest Happy Meal – I was equally thrilled to listen to him trying to read it independently!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • Tracey Williams on October 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm said:

      Aw that is lovely Colette. I was really impressed with the quality of the books and my daughter has been reading hers at bedtime. Thank you for commenting and hosting Tried and Tested x

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