Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Celebrating 100 Years of Roald Dahl #RoaldDahl100

Today marks 100 years since the birth of the world’s most imaginative storyteller, Roald Dahl. Like so many, I have such fond childhood memories of Dahl’s whimsical and sometimes pretty gruesome tales. I think we all have our own favourites, mine are “Matilda” and “The Twits” and I admit I was always a little (very) scared of The BFG!

At the moment my own children, the Mini Reviewers, are too young to fully appreciate the greatest of Dahl and so we have only read a couple of his shorter books together. The first story we read was “The Magic Finger”. This may seem like an unusual choice but we picked it up when we were on our summer holiday and we read it straight away. Then last week we borrowed a selection of Dahl books from the library and yesterday we read “The Enormous Crocodile” together.

I was concerned that even these books may still be a little long and, perhaps, a little scary for the Mini Reviewers. However, there was no need to worry. Both Izzie (4) and Theo (2) have been completely captivated and amused by Dahl's stories so far. They found “The Enormous Crocodile” particularly hilarious and are now really looking forward to reading the other books we borrowed from the library: “Revolting Rhymes”, “Esio Trot” and “The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me”.




As many people are familiar with Roald Dahl’s books, instead of reviewing one of his stories today, I would like to share three of my favourite Dahl quotes and raise a glass of Willy Wonka’s “fizzy lifting drink” to their gloriumptious author!

The Twits

Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator

Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl book? 
Are you celebrating 100 years of Dahl?

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5 comments:

  1. His books are timeless, my kids and I love them all, can't believe it has been that long! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. Oh yes totally timeless. Do your girls have a favourite?

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  2. We enjoyed Esio Trot, The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me and The Enormous Crocodile but I think that my favourite still has to be Matilda :)

    #readwithme

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  3. Those quotes are awesome - especially the second one ๐Ÿ˜ I was a huge Dahl fan as a child - Matilda was always my favourite although the shine was taking off slightly by that hideous film version with Danny De Vito lol! #readwithme

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  4. Love your Roald Dahl quotes. The sunbeams one is a favourite of mine and this is lovely graphic of it! My favourite Roald Dahl (except Matilda - but what bookworm doesn't love Matilda?) is Esio Trot - it's so cute! Can't wait for BookBairn to be old enough to read them. And the enormous crocodile would be such a great one to start as it's not too long! Thanks for the inspiration!

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