"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." - from Matilda


Shout out to Quentin Blake!

It’s that time of year again, time to consume outrageous amounts of pumpkin spice flavored food and drink time to celebrate Roald Dahl! Why? Because it’s his birthday September 13th, and of course, because he was a great writer with an enormous imagination!


Remember how their spit was blue so they didn't have to buy ink?!


The Twits. There is a recipe in the book mentioned at the bottom of the post for a mashed potato and veggie model of this guy!

Roald Dahl  delighted generations of children with his captivating, original, and slightly dark stories like Matilda, The Witches, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. Some parents, for their part, have found his writing to be off-putting (he is a member of the Banned Authors That You Should Definitely Read Club) and bristled at the thought of a world where adults are regularly outsmarted, more often than not the villains, and could be flattened by a giant peach on the loose at any moment. But those details just made the books better, right?!  Real talk: adults aren’t always smart or kind or the types of people to be trusted.



What an amazing thing to discover as a child, and how great did it feel to read about awful Mr. Wormwood getting his comeuppance again and again. He deserved a hat glued to his head, Ms. Trunchbull deserved a newt filled water glass telekinetically thrown at her and those awful parents on the Willy Wonka tour deserved blue balloon-like or stretched like taffy children! Children know this, and will continue to read his original, updated fairy tales forever. How could they resist when Dahl so brilliantly filled his books with details like lick-able wallpaper, a boy triumphantly eating an huge chocolate cake in front of a cheering crowd, or the weird description of the witches with their blue spit, wiggly nostrils and square block feet!


Oh, boy! You should not have worn pigtails today...

For adults who still sympathize with James and Matilda and Charlie, (and are still trying to picture “square candies that look ‘round” in their heads) Roald Dahl also wrote over sixty dark and surprising short stories, published in the New Yorker, Harpers and in book collections as well. I also highly recommend checking out his autobiographies Boy and Going Solo, quick reads with great insight into the life events that influenced his writing.


Yes, there IS a recipe for Snozzcumbers!

Re-read a favorite to celebrate his birthday, check out his fun website or make your own chocolate cake or edible pillows with this fantastic book!  


I could definitely eat this entire cake.......as, you know.....a protest or something................

Thank you Roald Dahl!

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