Everyone has their favourite author. You usually discover them early on in life and then you grow up but you still love their books. Then when you have children you get excited about reliving them whilst reading them to your children. I guarantee for millions of people this person would be Roald Dahl. I cannot imagine there are many people out there who have never read his books or who don't love them!
Yesterday was 100 years since his birth and is a good excuse to write a blog about how much I loved him then and still love him now! Before my daughter was even conceived I bought a pristine box set of his books to read to 'my future child' even though I often thought I wouldn't have one and the joy I will get if she loves them too will be fantastic!
I just wanted to pick my five favourites and talk about them in a little bit of detail...
1. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder sadly passed away recently as we all know and is mostly remembered for his excellent portrayal of Willy Wonka. This is all thanks to Roald Dahl for writing such an incredibly imaginative and meaningful classic that turned into such a great movie. Everyone reading was rooting for little Charlie Bucket from the very beginning and the invention of 'oompa loompas' was a stroke of genius! I love the main message that decency and honesty wins in the end and is more important than being rich and powerful.
2. Matilda - This was probably my favourite growing up and it was mainly because I had a lot in common with her. I was obsessed with reading books like her and was reading the classics whilst still in primary school. I loved her special powers and always hoped that if I stared long enough at an object and really concentrated it would move. It never did though...
3. The BFG - Who didn't grow up wishing they knew a big friendly giant?! I loved the idea of this story and all the crazy names for things. Snozzcumber anyone?! I was so excited when I heard they were doing a movie but I actually haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. I have to admit I am nervous though as I have had books I love ruined before when going to the big screen ( For example, I know it isn't a children's book but I love it nonetheless - P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Aherne).
4. The Witches - This book terrified me! After I read it and again when I saw the film (see how many of his books are great enough to make into movies!) I was constantly on the lookout for any women who could be witches and trying to get away! There was no way I was going to let myself be turned into a mouse! It was dark for young children but it was so fun!
5. The Twits - This was such a hilarious book when you were young. You loved hearing the cruel tricks Mr. & Mrs. Twit played on each other and how they made it worse each time. It made you think you would never want to be in such a relationship like that when you got older! I actually took this book on my honeymoon and read it by the side of the pool in Mexico. It may have looked a little strange as an adult reading a children's book but it was just as good as I remembered and I was proud!
Obviously he has written so many books that everyone will have different favourites or different reasons for loving the ones I have mentioned but it just shows the breadth of his writing and the amazing talent he had! He has sold over 200 million books worldwide and will continue to sell for years and years. The way people love his books will never die and that is the mark of a truly spectacular author.
I'd love to know what your favourite is and why???