Sunday, September 19, 2010

Roald Dahl Guest Post

Last Sunday was Roald Dahl day. This post was originally supposed to be up then, but I got busy and we are only getting it up now. My partner for this is Bella from A Girl Reads a Book. Below you will find her answers to my questions, and then if you head over to her blog you will find my answers to the same questions.

1. There are so many fabulous Roald Dahl books, but do you have an all-time favorite?
I love so many of the Roald Dahl books. If I had to pick an ultimate favorite it is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was the first book I've ever read by Roald Dahl, and as a child I spent hours re-reading it to experience the journey Charlie goes on again and again. As an adult, I have a dangerous addiction to chocolate (I eat it everyday) and I am still mesmerized by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and in particular the river of chocolate, Heaven!

2. Roald Dahl sure knows how to write fantastic characters. One thing he seems to specialise in is writing evil characters, just like the Twits! What is your favorite evil character from his books?
The Twits! The Witches are evil, but the Twits are evil and stupid. I simply loved reading about them and finding out what evil act they would do to each other next.

3. I'm always watching and re-watching the movies based on Roald Dahl's books. What is your favorite movie based on a Roald Dahl book?
Given my love of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, most people think this is my favorite Roald Dahl movie, based on the book. I do love both versions and constantly re-play them. However,my absolute favorite is The Witches! It was a little dark and scary the first time I watched it, but that made it even better. Angelica Houston is definitely the highlight of the movie. She plays the evil Grand High Witch so well!

4. Quentin Blake did all the illustrations for Roald Dahl's books. Do you have a particular cover that stands out more than the others?
Matilda! The girl with all the books. I was always reading as a child, and now I read even more as an adult. This cover, totally speaks to me, as both the inner child and the adult reader.

Thanks, Bella, for posting together! I look forward to doing another post together soon!

What would your answers to these four questions be?


  1. Great interview! I didn't know much about Roald Dahl before reading this. I had no idea he wrote Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  2. Dahl is incredible. I use a lot of excerpts from his book in my classroom to illustrate descriptive writing.

  3. Thanks for doing the post together! It was awesome fun, it's really made me want to dig through my piles of Roald Dahl books and do some re-reading.

  4. Kate: I need to know more. There are a lo of his books that I have never read before!

    Christina: He would work really well for that!

    Bella: I am going to read The Witches as soon as it comes in at the library. There are several of his books I have never read before.

  5. I can't even begin to express my love of Dahl. I hope you try some of his adult short stories if you haven't already. They're deliciously dark.

  6. There is a new biography out..I think it's called Storyteller. I'm going to read it.

  7. Avid Reader: I am going to be reading The Witches soon!

    Gavin: I own it, actually, and started it but haven't got very far into it yet.

  8. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Great idea for a post I reckon because I have only ever read George's Marvellous Medicine and this just makes me want to go read more of his works. I have a horror story anthology with a story in it by him as well which I just remembered.

    I checked out your answers on your friends blog and Matilda is a great movie. Willy Wonka is by far my favourite, but there's really something memorable about Matilda.

  9. Dutchie: There is something wonderful about Matilda, you know... I need to read more from Dahl!


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