On Tuesday, September 13th the world will rejoice in celebrating the 100th birthday of one of the most imaginative minds in children's literature, Roald Dahl. The British writer was born in 1916 in Cardiff. Now 100 years later we can look back on the amazing works of Dahl with glee as we remember a very fantastic fox, a young girl who loved books, a giant who was incredibly friendly, and of course a candy maker who stuck up for Oompa Loompa rights as well as let five children into his factory for one incredible contest prize. If you are looking to celebrate Dahl's birthday check out the party pack by following this link: http://www.baker-taylor.com/PDFs/Dahl-Party-Pack-American2.pdf Included in is pack are game sheets, crafts, and instructions on how to figure out your Roald Dahl name! Darla and I couldn't help but reflect on some of our first memories of this writer whose characters were so deliciously crazy!
The Whoopsy-splunkers MUGGLE-WOMP aka Derek
|My jealousy of Violet's |
gummy bear still lives!
My first memory of the universe of Roald Dahl is not from the books, but from the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" starring the late great Gene Wilder. While by my aunt's house for Easter dinner my older cousin's were flipping out that they would be showing this movie on TV. It was a childhood favorite of theirs. Once I admitted that I had never seen it they made me sit front and center on the coach and watch. I was immediately enchanted by everything I was seeing. So many grandparents in one bed! Lettuce soup! Why was his mother's laundry spoon so big? Why did the candy man give out free candy during the musical number to the rich kids yet was so staunch when it came to the quarter Charlie owed for his scrumdiddlyumptious bar? All these questions stemmed from only the first twenty minutes of the movie. I still want a giant gummy bear and am keeping my fingers crossed that fizzy lifting drink will soon be a reality. I am willing to hire someone to clean the ceiling!
|The version I read |
from my school library
The Whoopsy-Splunkers BLABBERSNITCH aka Darla
|LOOKIT THAT FACE|
|The only picture of the inside of the book I could find|