Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

by Marina

roalddahldayI just couldn’t resist. I’ve already done a couple of centennial posts and I feel like I’m on a roll. What’s one more?

Roald Dahl is most well known for the many children’s books he has written. Most of them were hugely popular–and still are–but some of them weren’t at first. Several have been made into movies (plus he wrote a James Bond screenplay).

But, more than anything, Dahl wrote books for kid that were outside the typical fare. Author Gerald Haigh put it best when he said that Dahl “home[s] unerringly in on the very nub of childish delight, with brazen and glorious disregard for what is likely to furrow the adult brow.” Dahl used the things that irked him the most–his pet peeves–and presented them as the moral objections of his books, according to David Rees. So, when you read about Violet Beauregard and her gum-chewing, Mike Teevee’s television addiction, or the old, cranky, fat-bodied, bearded Mr. Twit you’ll know how Mr. Dahl REALLY felt about certain things.

Dahl was born on September 13th, 1916. Since 2006 (which would have been Dahl’s 90th birthday) Roald Dahl Day is celebrated around the world. Celebration activites include Dahlicious Dress-Up (with proceeds benefiting Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity), Revolting Rhymes school performances, an online (or app) food fight game featuring The Twits, and making revolting recipes. To name a few.

So, today, on September 13th pick up a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Dahl’s biography, Boy: Tales of Childhood, or any of his many other books and immerse yourself in his weird and wonderful worlds to celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl.

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