A big cheers for Mr Roald Dahl, born 13 September 1916. Yup, he would have been 99 this year. His work has given so much pleasure around the world that there’s an actual Roald Dahl Day – and it’s the day of his birthday, of course.
I’ve read Roald Dahl as a kid – Charlie and the chocolate factory was my fave. The version illustrated by Faith Jaques is the one I remember, not Quentin Blake. And later I loved Switch Bitch, the sexy short stories, and that murder story Lamb to the slaughter where a piece of mutton is a genius murder weapon. Now it’s full circle, and am enjoying the delights of reading him to my daughter. Her first long reads were The BFG and Matilda. Matilda is the ultimate library kid, a real posterchild for reading:
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
The library is full of Roald Dahl, books, eBooks, audiobooks, and Chʻalli wa chʻokʻollit kongjang (Charlie and the chocolate factory – in Korean), Rohngngahnchawkgohlaatmahhahtsahjahn (Thai) … So, celebrate his Dahl-ness – if you want to have a Dahl playday, there is an awesome activity pack on the Roald Dahl Day site.