What always amazes me about children’s lit is the ability it has to tell very complex realities in a way that’s accessible to young readers. That’s why the best of them are endlessly readable, and re-readable, over the entire course of your life.
‘Matilda’ (which has been voted Dahl’s Most Marvellous Book, yay!) was perhaps my favourite book as a child. I strongly identified with her love of reading, and her yearning to escape into the books she loved. It was the kind of love for this book that lead me to eventually naming my baby girl Matilda. You may ask why? Well, because Matilda was the perfect heroine, nerdy and small, but ultimately brave and strong. And she taught me that intelligence was power!
2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. 13th of September will probably see the biggest ever global celebration of Roald Dahl’s birthday!
I found two events happening in Dublin to celebrate #RoaldDahl100
- To mark the 100 anniversary of Roald’s birthday, Coolock Library are hosting a Children’s Workshop. The event is free but booking is essential.
When: Tuesday 13 September at 3.30pm
Where: Coolock Library
- Also Lucan Library is hosting a workshop for 9-12 year olds. Explore Roald Dahl’s writing, create your own character and then build this character in 3D using air dough clay. Booking is essential.
When: Saturday, 24 September 2016 from 12:15 to 13:15
Where: Lucan Library – Newcastle Road #Unit 16, Lucan
His books were full of gems like this. Not a bad way to live your life! 🙂
Here’s to you Mr Dahl!
And what is your favourite Dahl’s book? The BFG? Fantastic Mr Fox or perhaps Charlie and the Chocolate factory? I look forward to hearing from you!
Cartoon header by Quentin Blake