Celebrating Roald Dahl

Today marks the 100th birthday of the beloved author Roald Dahl, whom you might recognize from the stories you read as a kid! You'll most likely recognize some of his most famous stories: James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFGMatilda, and George's Marvellous Medicine. Celebrating such an impactful author is a great way to pay tribute his contributions to the literary world, which continue to live on today. I guarantee most people from my generation grew up watching Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (The Gene Wilder original, not the Johnny Depp remake.), and, if they were like me, those movies led them to the original books that were Roald Dahl's creations. In lieu of his 100th birthday, below, we've shared some fun facts about Roald Dahl that you might find interesting: 

  1. Dahl's teachers did not believe him to be a talented writer. One such teacher actually wrote, "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended."

  2. He actually invented over 250 new words, most appearing in The BFG.  

  3. Most of his books were written in his garden shed in his backyard. 

  4. He loved chocolate (Who doesn't?), which led to his inspiration for writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  5. The 1984 Gremlins movie was loosely based on Roald Dahl's first children's book, The Gremlins.  

This year also marks the 100th birthday of fellow children's author Beverly Cleary, a couple significant battles fought in World War 1, and the anniversary of the formation of the Pulitzer Prize board of directors. The year 2016 has proven to be quite eventful thus far, for our country as a whole (Look out election day!), and much closer to home, with Hurricane Hermine blowing through a little over a week ago. We're sure it will stay busy through the end of the year with One Book kicking off this week, and various events being held here at The Bookshelf! We'd like to hear from the readers this week: What's your favorite Roald Dahl literary piece? Are there any other notable dates or anniversaries in 2016 that you think deserve recognition? Stop by the store to celebrate his 100th birthday and let us know!

Don’t forget to come on out and celebrate Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, by Janisse Ray, with us during One Book this week! Check out our Facebook page for event details, or stop by the store and we'll tell you everything you need to know. 

Wishing our readers the best, 

Madelyn