It’s Almost Roald’s Birthday, Dahl-ings. Let’s Celebrate!


A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
—Roald Dahl


Camilla Parker Bowles with Lucy Dahl and commemorative statue.

This September 13, revered author Roald Dahl—who, as the Guardian puts it, is beloved for “satisfying children’s appetite for the violent, greedy and disgusting”—would have turned 100 years old. In observation of this milestone, his estate and his publisher launched a year-long, worldwide celebration of all things Dahl. To date, Penguin Young Readers has re-released the author’s greatest hits with new covers, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG graced the screens of theaters, and Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, was honored as a Patron of Roald Dahl in a rainy London ceremony.

But the best is yet to come in September. Penguin will issue collectible hardcover editions of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and James and the Giant Peach, Oxford University Press will publish The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, and Blue Rider Press will release Love from Boy, a collection of Dahl’s letters to his mother—all while a children’s sketch comedy group called the Story Pirates tours schools and libraries nationwide with a Dahl-inspired trivia show.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSeptember 16th through 18th  has been declared Wondercrump Weekend, during which a number of venues will host Roald Dahl-themed birthday parties. The Memphis Botanic Garden kicks off a week-long Charlie & the Chocolate Factory festival with a screening of the iconic film and a bubblegum-blowing competition, and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo will host a Dahl-themed “DreamNight” for sick children. For a full list of events, visit the Roald Dahl 100 website.

We here at Booklist and the Booklist Reader will be getting into the fun as well, so stay tuned for more.





About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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