2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl—the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.
Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
The Roald Dahl Literary Estate believes in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income goes to charity partners.
In honor of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, Penguin Young Readers will publish new collectible hardcovers editions of some of Roald Dahl's beloved stories on September 6, 2016, including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and James and the Giant Peach. Here's a look at the new covers:
I've loved Roald Dahl's stories since the very first time I picked up Matilda as a kid, and I find that as an adult, I might love them even more, especially because I have the opportunity to share them with my own daughter. The wonderful people at Penguin and Wunderkind PR sent me a copy of James and the Giant Peach to review, so I've got our thoughts below, plus more about Roald Dahl and the 100 Year Celebration, along with a giveaway.
Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2016 (first published 1961)
Source: paperback received from publisher
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James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out . . .
"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" - David Walliams
Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl AUDIOBOOKS read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios!
Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.
It's not every day that you read a story of a boy orphaned when his parents were killed by a rampaging rhinoceros. I've always loved how imaginative the story of James and the Giant Peach is, and I really loved the movie adaptation, but there is just something about sharing the story with a child that can't compare.
This was by no means our first time reading James, but I think it was the first time Katie was able to contribute to the reading, which made it all the more special. It's amazing how much heart and spirit Roald Dahl put into this book. It's a timeless story of triumph and perseverance, and it will always be a favorite of mine...and now Katie's.
When I asked her what her favorite part of the story was, she told me that it was when the peach crashed through the fence to flatten the evil aunts. And I don't think I could honestly pick a better favorite scene from the story either.
GIF it to me straight:
About the author:
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. In 1951, Roald Dahl met his future wife, the American actress Patricia Neal, who starred in films including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Hud, for which she won an Oscar. After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 and wrote two of his best-known novels, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the U.S.
In September 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published initially in the U.S. with the U.K. following a few years later. It would go on to become one of the most famous and best-known of Roald's stories. The idea for the story grew out of his own well-documented love of chocolate and his school-day memories of acting as a taster for a famous chocolate factory. These first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and have sold more than 200 million books. With more than 40 million Roald Dahl books in print in the U.S. alone, Dahl is considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time and his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
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ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR
September 5 - Peace Loves Books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 - The Compulsive Reader - Danny, The Champion of the World Review
September 5 - The Starry Eyed Revue - James and The Giant Peach Review
Ex Libris Kate - The Witches Review-
Lost In Lit - The Witches Feature - Revisiting The Witches as an adult-
Cozy Reading Corner - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt-
The Plot Bunny - The Magic Finger Review-
Lilli's Reflections - The Twits Excerpt-
The Irish Banana - Matilda Review-
Ticket To Anywhere - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt-
Cuddlebuggery - Quentin Blake's Illustrations of Roald Dahl's Books Feature-
Beth Fish Reads - Going Solo Review-
Ravenous Reader - The BFG Excerpt-
Paper Cuts - The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt-
The Lovely Books - The Witches Excerpt-
A Glass of Wine - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt-
Novel Novice - George's Marvelous Medicine Excerpt-
YA Bibliophile - Fantastic Mr. Fox Review-
Watercolor Moods - The Magic Finger Feature - Collage-
Cracking The Cover - The Magic Finger Feature - Short Review and History-
Jessabella Reads - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review-
Who R U Blog - Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature - Trivia-
Belle of the Library - The Twits Review-
Book Mania Life - George's Marvelous Medicine Review-
The Book Swarm - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt-
Book Belles - James and the Giant Peach Feature - Book to Movie-
Alexa Loves Books - Matilda Feature - Style Files-
Brittany's Book Rambles - Matilda Excerpt- Roald's birthday! -
Mundie Kids - The BFG Review- Roald's birthday! -
Read Now Sleep Later - Boy Excerpt- Roald's birthday! -
Consumed By Books - Matilda Excerpt- Roald's birthday -
The Novel Life - Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature-
- The Book Rat - Esio Trot Excerpt
Belle's Bash - The BFG Excerpt-
WinterHaven Books - Esio Trot Excerpt-
A Book and A Latte - The Magic Finger Excerpt-
Hello Chelly - Matilda Feature - BookBags-
Loving Dem Books - Youtube Feature-
Writing My Own Fairy-Tale - George's Marvelous Medicine Review-
The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review-
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Esio Trot Review-
Coffee, Books and Me - Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl's Books-
Undeniably Book Nerdy - Boy Review-
Supernatural Snark - James and the Giant Peach Review-
My Friend Amy - Going Solo Excerpt-
The Quiet Concert - Danny, the Champion of the World Review-
Book Briefs - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator-
Andi's ABCs - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature - ABCs-
Just Another Rabid Reader - The Magic Finger Review-
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia - Roald Dahl Feature - Food Feature-
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Matilda Feature - Reading With Dad-
Addicted 2 Novels - Esio Trot Review-
Pure Imagination - Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt-
Green Bean Teen Queen - What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature-
Bookiemoji - The Witches Excerpt-
Shooting Stars Blog - Roald Dahl Feature - Etsy Products-
Nightly Reading - Matilda Review-
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.
Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.
The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.
On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.
*Excerpted from NPR’s November 14, 2013 interview with Lucy Dahl, “Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical Matilda To Keep Books Alive”
Lucy: “I remember waking up in the night and going to the bathroom and seeing the glow of the light in the little [writing] hut while it was still dark outside.
“His hut was a sacred place. ... We were all allowed to go in there, but we only disturbed him when we absolutely needed to because he used to say that his hut was his nest. You would walk in and the smells were so familiar — that very old paper from filing cabinets. And he sat in his mother's old armchair and then put his feet up on an old leather trunk, and then on top of that he would get into an old down sleeping bag that he would put his legs into to keep him warm.
“He then had a board that he made that he would rest on the arms of the armchair as a desk table and on top of that he had cut some billiard felt that was glued on top of it, and it was slightly carved out for where his tummy was. When he sat down ... the first thing he did was get a brush and brush the felt on his lap desk so it was all clean.
“He always had six pencils with an electric sharpener that he would sharpen at the beginning of each session. His work sessions were very strict — he worked from 10 until 12 every day and then again from 3 until 5 every day. And that was it. Even if there was nothing to write he would still, as he would say, ‘put his bottom on the chair.’"