If you ever need reassurance that you can do whatever the hell you want with your life, take a leaf out of Roald Dahl's book (go the book puns!). He took a school report card, upon which his teacher had written 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means', and he shoved it square up her bootsquooshie. Bloody good onya Roald!
With over 30 titles in the library, every kid had a few Roald Dahl stories on their fave books list. I remember ordering Roald Dahl books from the Book Club in primary school. Book Club was always a highlight of the old school days!
We can't chat about Roald Dahl without mentioning the stylistic talents of Quentin Blake. Dahl's words & Blake's illustrations go together like jam & cream, like Bert & Ernie, like bras & knicky-knars, like bacon & eggs, like pink & purple, like Batman & Robin... annnd I'm spent.
I just finished The Witches last night actually; I reckon I've read that one at least 50 times since I was a kid. Roald Dahl stories are always just so damn joyful. But sometimes scary too!
Dahl's descriptions of horrible creatures that thwart the everyday existence of children can be downright disturbing as an adult reading them. Kids, on the other hand, just love immersing themselves in all that fright and riddle and goop... far more invested in the children triumphing because they're right in there with them. It's all a part of the Roald Dahl charm.
I honestly can't think of a childhood without at least a couple of Roald Dahl mini-tomes lying in wait on the bookshelf, ready to kick-start the imagination whenever you were feeling uninspired. That still holds true for me even today. There really is nothing quite like a Roald Dahl tale.
It's been a while since I've checked in with The BFG, so I'll probably give him another read next. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the mental imagery of that teacher hanging their head in shame every time they walked past book stores with windows full of Roald Dahl merch.
What are your favourite Roald Dahl stories?