Today’s Roald Dahl Day!
Roald Dahl’s the author of more than twenty children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, to name a few.
September has been declared Roald Dahl month, and the 13th, Dahl’s birthday, is Roald Dahl Day. Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Llandaff, Wales, and passed away in 1990. He chronicles his childhood experiences for readers in Boy, and now there’s a new release More About Boy, published this month for the first time in the US by Penguin. Offering new pictures, facts, anecdotes, and even a Roald Dahl quiz, it’s perfect for a Dahl fan. Those interested in more Dahl biography can read Going Solo, about his experiences as a pilot in the war.
Roald Dahl’s literary touch extends beyond children’s books.. his films have been the basis of several movies, and he’s written several volumes of stories for adults. The most notable film adaptation of Dahl’s is the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. Only loosely based on the novel (Dahl himself hated the end result) and onsidered a box office bomb, it’s now a classic. In 2005, director Tim Burton presented a more true adaptation of the novel, starring Johnny Depp. Previous Roald Dahl films included Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The BFG, The Witches, with future films The Twits (2012) and The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) in the works.
My favorite Dahl book is Matilda, about poor Matilda, ignored by her abrasive family. She’s a child prodigy, capable of reading college-level literature at the age of five. As her parents and little brother continue to berate her, she engages in a war with them, with the aid of her psychokinetic powers. She then uses these to help free her school and teacher, Miss Honey, from the terror of the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who rules with an iron fist.
In 1991, The Roald Dahl Foundation was founded to aid children and families who are dealing with illnesses in neurology and hematology. You can find out more about the foundation at RoaldDahlFoundation.org.
Learn more about Roald Dahl Day at RoaldDahlDay.info and visit RoaldDahl.com, the Official Roald Dahl site. There’s countless classroom and individual actitivites and resources.
What’s your favorite Roald Dahl book?