Roald Dahl Day strikes again on September 13th, marking 101 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!
How to celebrate?
- Read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.
- Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.
- Check out the blog post on 11 ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Ideas include spotting a Roald Dahl character in LEGO and uncovering a Roald Dahl emoji.
- Download your Roald Dahl Day 2017 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about.
- Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. For more ideas, click here.
- From 7th September, Roald’s last story, Billy and the Minpins, will be available in a brand new edition, illustrated for the last time by Quentin Blake.
- Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great Roald Dahl movies to watch.
New Roald Dahl books just added to the library collection include: Rhyme Stew, a series of plays adapted from Dahl’s popular stories which include The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant and much more!
Roald Dahl’s marvellous joke book, by Roald Dahl
It’s got so many kinds of jokes. It’s got Willy Wonka jokes, The Twits jokes, I’d recommend it for children 5 and over and it has a lot of information about Roald Dahl himself. And here’s a joke from the book:
I’m not an owl! Let me in!
Reviewed by Leela from Karori and , 5 years old
Whizzpopping joke book, by Roald Dahl
I like this book because it has so many funny and hilarious jokes that I want to tell my friends. It also says what kind of joke it is. I enjoyed the whole funny jokes. It is the best book for jokes!
Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old
Charlie and the great glass elevator, by Roald Dahl
I love Roald Dahl! I got this CD story. Charlie, his family and Mr Wonka accidently go into space and meet some kind of space hotel which has an alien! Fun story but not as good as Charlie and the Chocolate family though.
Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old
The Minpins, by Roald Dahl
The mani charachter is Little Billy who meets tiny people (The Minpins) who live in trees. They have wonderful adventures and tame birds for little Billy. There is a scarey monster that I didn’t like. The Minpins and the the story being in nature was my favourite bit. I like Roald Dahl. Good big print book with good illustrations. Recommend for ages 7 and up.
Reviewed by Francesca from Brooklyn and , 7 years old
Boy : tales of childhood , by Roald Dahl
This book is amazing. It is about tales of Roald Dahls childhood; a mouse plot, the cane, goat tobacco, life at Repton school and all sorts of other wonderful things. The mouse plot where a mouse was placed into a jar in the sweet shop with terrible consequences. And goat tobacco, you’ll have to read the book to find out… I would recomend this book to 6 year olds and up.
Reviewed by George, from Island Bay, 9 years old
George’s marvellous medicine, by Roald Dahl
This is a very good book, with amazing description! It is about a little boy called George, who decide’s to make a magic medicine for his grandma to get her back for all the horrible things she has done to him. He uses (nearly) everything in the house. He fills his saucepan up with all the ingredients, and with a little boil and a stir, the medicine will go into grandma’s mouth, and the magic will begin!
It’s really an awesome book.
I loved it!
Reviewed by Arav from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old
The BFG, by Roald Dahl
This book was lovely! Roald Dahl really hit the target this time! I love the BFG! He is so friendly! I kind of wish it didn’t have to go back to you, the librarians.I love the illustrations by Quentin Blake! I would recommend this book to Kitty, my sister.
Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old
Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl
This book is about Boggis, Bunce , Bean( three farmers ) and Mr. fox.
Bean who is tall and lean is a turkey and apple farmer who doesn’t eat ,He only drinks apple cider.
Mr. fox he is so clever that every day he creeps down to the valley and helps himself to food from the farms.
I like this book because:
1. The book hooks you in. When you read a bit, you want to read more.
2. I like how there is a lovely song inside the book about the three farmers
Boggis and Bunce and Bean..
One fat, one short, one lean…
I recommend this book for people seven and up. If someone is younger, I recommend an adult or older brother or sister to read it to them unless they are a really good readers.
If someone likes this book I recommend them to read more books by Roald Dahl as he is a great author.
Reviewed by Ansh from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 9 years old
The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl
This story was about an enormous crocodile. He wanted to eat children but none of his clever plans were working. In the end he shot off into space and landed on the sun. That was his punishment – he was bad and he died.
It was funny. I liked the story. I liked the detail of the pictures.
I liked the little crocodile. I didn’t like the big crocodile very much because he wanted to eat children.
If I could give this book another title it would be The biggest crocodile. If I could rewrite the ending he would not die, just learn his lesson. He didn’t deserve to die.
My favourite characters were the Roly-Poly Bird and Muggle-Wump the Monkey from the Twits, and the children. My favourite part was when the crocodile got his punishment
The book was by Roald Dahl. He is a good writer. He is one of my favourites.
I learnt that some crocodiles can eat children and go snap snap snap.
I recommend this book to people to age 20 and to children who when they grow up want to hunt big crocodiles.
Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 6 years old