Roald Dahl 100!
This Year we are celebrating Roald Dahl 100! On 13th September 2016 Roald Dahl would have been 100 years old and it is definitely something to be hopscotchy about!
Born in Cardiff on 13th September 19-16 Roald Dahl joined the RAF at 23 years old. After becoming injured in WW2 he began to write-starting with stories for adults.
The first children’s story he wrote was James and the Giant Peach – published in 1961 – it was a hit as has each and every subsequent book! Many of these stories have become classic adaptations for stage and screen.
"All you do is to look, At a page in this book, Because that’s where we always will be. No book ever ends, When it’s full of your friends"
This rhyme is from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
To celebrate Roald Dahl 100 there will be gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone, across the world, including Steven Spielberg’s adaption of The BFG and the release of the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary-a fully functioning dictionary for children aged 8+ which celebrates the way Roald Dahl used language and created his own additions. The dictionary features full-colour illustrations by Quentin Blake.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden will be taking a year-long journey exploring Roald Dahl’s stories, characters and life through special displays and activities – starting in January with BOY and ending with THE MINPINS in December. Look out too for extra special Roald Dahl Day celebrations at the Roald Dahl Museum on Saturday September 17th.
Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
How many of Roald Dahl's phizz-whizzing books have you and your kiddles read?
- The Gremlins (1943)
- Over To You (1946)
- Some Time Never (1948)
- Someone Like You (1953)
- Kiss Kiss (1960)
- James and the Giant Peach (1961)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
- The Magic Finger (1966)
- Fantastic Mr Fox (1968)
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)
- Switch Bitch (1974)
- Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)
- The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)
- The Enormous Crocodile (1978)
- My Uncle Oswald (1979)
- The Twits (1980)
- George's Marvellous Medicine (1981)
- Revolting Rhymes (1982)
- The BFG (1982)
- Dirty Beasts (1983)
- The Witches (1983)
- Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (1983)
- Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984)
- The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
- Two Fables (1985)
- Going Solo (1986)
- Matilda (1988)
- Rhyme Stew (1989)
- Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989)
- Esio Trot (1990)
- The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)
- The Minpins (1991)
- Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)
- My Year (1991)
Play scripts and film screenplays
- The Honeys (stage play, 1955)
- You Only Live Twice (film screenplay, 1967)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (co-wrote film screenplay, 1968)
- The Night Digger (film screenplay, 1971)
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (co-wrote film screenplay, 1971)
Anthologies and collections co-written by Roald Dahl or inspired by his writings
- The Roald Dahl Cookbook (1991)
- Revolting Recipes (1994)
- The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997)
- Even More Revolting Recipes (2001)
- Songs and Verse (2005)
- More About Boy (2008)
- Completely Revolting Recipes (2009)
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall…"
The Oompa-Loompas sing this song about (of course) Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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