When you ask a bookworm what their favourite Childhood books were, they're bound to mention at least one Roald Dahl book. More than likely Matilda - but the others crop up frequently too. For me, I have three favourites, ones that I borrowed from the library over and over again:
The Witches was the first book that I ever remember getting a bit scared at - mainly due to the Quentin Blake illustrations, it has to be said. That picture, the one where you first see the Witches in their true form - *shudder*.
I loved George's Marvelous Medicine because it was just full of life and fun - here was this mean old lady getting her comeuppance at the hands of a small boy. Glorious! Roald Dahl wrote the best villains.
Matilda - there's not much I can say about it that hasn't been said a thousand times over. Matilda is us. She's the reader, the bookworm, the original book addict. I hold the film version very close to my heart as well, but the book is one I have read inside out dozens and dozens of times, and will read again. It's actually included in the gorgeous Puffin Classics collection (don't Google them, you'll want them all) in hardback form:
Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916 - he would have been a hundred years old this year. Every year, the 13th is celebrated as "Roald Dahl Day", but considering this year is a little special, there are huge things happening.
If you go to www.roalddahl.com/party, you can register (it takes seconds) and get instant access to a free downloadable party pack so you can join in celebrations on September 13th.
If you're a teacher, this would be an amazing way to get children excited about reading. Schools can register a class, and at 2pm on the 13th there will be a special webshow from Puffin: Virtually Live. You can register here: http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/RoaldDahlDay2016 - it looks like it's going to be really good fun, there will be a performance from the cast of Matilda: The Musical, behind the scenes of The BFG movie, learning to draw with Quentin Blake, and lots more. I registered as an individual, so that's an option too if you just want to join in at home.
I'm really looking forward to joining in the fun, which is why I said I'd write a post on it, maybe let your Primary School know that this is happening so that they could get the children involved? Or just join in at home like I'll be doing, re-reading old favourites and raising a glass to a man who made children love books.