Picture Book du Monde: September edition
Any book lovers we all adore Roald Dahl, don’t we?
Did you know that RD would be 100 years old this year, on the 13th of september? In my local book shop, they decorated the window for this special occasion. I thought it would be fitting to have this September Picture book du monde edition dedicated to one of my favorite authors.
This man had an incredible life. Lots of traumas (he lost a child, he helped his wife who had suffered from aphasia when she was pregnant for the 5th time…) and lot of struggle (he was active during several wars as a pilot and wrote about it) . He was a fighter, he never gave up. His life contained many of the themes that are contained within his work: adventures, dramas, strong relationships and fun.
I’ve read an interview of Quentin Blake (R. Dahl’s partner in crime). He tells about how much of a perfectionist Dahl was and how many times he had to draw some of the characters. I also read another interview with his daughter Lucy who tells about her childhood life that was that was filled with the stories of her father: drinking witches milk, eating Willy Wonka’s chocolates…
In our family, everyone loves and reads Dahl’s fairy tales and novels. Fairy tale? The Witches book? Hmmmmm … First time I gave that book to my daughter a few years back, she was so afraid, she couldn’t read it! At that time she enjoyed Fantastic Mister Fox.
And now, her favorite is Mathilda, the book, the movie, read and watched around 10 times!
Here are some of the books we love. We particularly love the version of Charlie that is a pop up book. Even Vador is reading Dahl’s stories.
When I was in high school, one of my first books that I could read in English was RD Short Stories. Have you heard about the stories written for adults? I totally recommend them. Kiss Kiss, Someone like you are books of short stories. If you haven’t read them already, please give them a try and tell me if you like them. Now I’ll have to go to the post office and send a little package to Madame Oh Creative with my old books of RD short stories! I’m sure she ‘ll love them!
What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s book? Have you read the adults short stories?