13th September is Roald Dahl Day – a day when we celebrate a literary genius birthday.
Roald Dahl was a novelist, poet, screen writer and a builder of imaginative lands. Roald Dahl is one of the most celebrated English authors – for both children and adults. Some of Roald Dahl’s most famous incarnations – Willy Wonka, the Oompa Lumpas’ for example remain famous characters
Roald Dahl is an author of whose books I love. As a child I loved reading his books, they set my imagination on fire. They are funny, some a bit gruesome and some a little scary. Well they were when I was little. The big friendly giant appearing at windows, or the enormous crocodile and the size of his teeth. I remember those well.
I still have a couple of books I had from my childhood. Both were firm favourites.
The excitement of Georges marvellous medicine and all the medicine he gave to his grandma and the witches, an exciting story that can be a little scary to really young children. I also had Charlie and the chocolate factory but it had seen better days. I actually went out and bought another copy as I love the story that much. The whole concept of winning a golden ticket to go into a chocolate factory is every child’s dream.
Now that E is a lot older and her reading has improved she has started to read Roald Dahl books. To start with I read Charlie and the chocolate factory to her, which she loved. Then for her birthday my mum bought her a selection of some of his book’s.
She has started reading Fantastic Mr Fox. It’s great to hear her read such classic stories and to then hear her talk about them. When the farmers were trying to get Mr fox she said I hope they don’t and that he is too clever for them. I am hoping as she gets older she will enjoy reading more of his books.
The language that is in some of his books always makes me laugh. These words are known as gobblefunk words – Dahls own language. Roald Dahl invented 500 words and character names from the Oompa-Loompas and whizzpopping to the less well-known humplecrimp and zoonk.
The BFG holds up a bottle of frobscottle, the delicious green fizzy drink that giants drink instead of water. Warning: if you drink a lot, you end up whizzpopping! I love the BGG. The recent film that was made from the book makes things a little more real but also shows why i thought the book was a bit scary as a child.
Children love words like this, the letter combinations are fun to announce. Here are a few others.
If you feel biffsquiggled, you are confused or puzzled.
A snozzcumber is a knobbly vegetable like an enormous cucumber with black and white stripes. Snozzcumbers taste disgusting but they are all the BFG has to eat, as he refuses to hunt human beans like other giants.
A trogglehumper is one of the very worst nightmares you can have. (Words that Dahl invented that start with trog– always mean unpleasant things!)
There are so many wonderful words that Dahl made up. I particularly like crodscollop, Phizzwizards and whoopsy-splunkers.
Reading Roald Dahl books has definitely left me with lasting memories of great stories and silly words
I will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day by eating chocolate in the hope that there is a gold ticket inside, I will then start to read another Roald Dahl classic with E. I might even have a little read of the witches… Never too old for Roald Dahl books.
Do you have a favourite?