Roald Dahl books from left, Dirty Beasts, Boy, and Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.
Roald Dahl
September 12, 2016 9:20 AM EDT

Tuesday marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl, the beloved, phizz-whizzing—a term Dahl coined meaning “brilliant”—author of dozens of children’s books over the course of more than four decades.

Dahl’s legacy continues more than 20 years after his death—just this year, Steven Spielberg released the film adaptation of The BFG, a classic tale about a friendly giant. Several of his books have been turned into movies over the years, including Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth on Sept. 13, scroll through more than 30 of his books for children and adults and decide which ones you like best:

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