Oct 6, 2016

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Welcome to my stop celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday! Roald Dahl was an incredible gift to the bookish world. His works inspire and encourage generation after generation and I am thrilled to be talking about one of my favorite of his books: THE WITCHES.

THE WITCHES holds a special place in my heart as it's tied to a deeply rooted memory - the first time I moved. I remember clutching this book on my lap as my family moved from Maryland to Virginia when I was 7. I knew nothing and no one where I was going; all I had were my books.

I don't even think I read THE WITCHES on that 3 hour car ride (probably not - I get crazy car sick when reading), but I remember holding on to it like it possessed all the answers to the world inside it.

THE WITCHES is brilliantly adorable and quirky. Dahl wrote his books and sprinkled them with crack dust because that's the only way I describe my obsession of them. They're unique and distinctive and I absolutely hope everyone reads all of his books.

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand High Witch herself!

About Roald Dahl:

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published asCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and forChitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film.  Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans. 

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.


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DateBlog Name:BookBlog URL:
9/12Fiction FareRoald Dahl's Revolting Recipeswww.fictionfare.com
9/13Nicole's Novel ReadsThe Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secretshttp://nicolesnovelreads.blogspot.com
9/14Rants and Raves of a BibliophileSkin and Other Storiesrantsandravesofabibliophile.wordpress.com
9/15Intellectual RecreationLove From Boyhttp://www.intellectualrecreation.com
9/16KellyVisionMore About BoyKellyvision.wordpress.com
9/17One Night Book StandRevolting Rhymeshttps://onenightbookstandblog.wordpress.com
9/18The Quiet ConcertThe Minpinshttp://thequietconcert.blogspot.com/
9/19Reads All the BooksDirty Beastshttp://www.ReadeAlltheBooks.com
9/20Here's to Happy EndingsThe Enormous Crocodilehttp://www.herestohappyendings.com
9/21He Said Books or MeD is for DahlHesaidbooksorme.blogspot.com
9/22Dizneeee's World of BooksThe Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six Morehttp://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com
9/23The Innocent SmileyThe Vicar of Nibbleswickwww.theinnocentsmiley.com
9/24PaperTrailYaEsio TrotPaperTrailYA.co.uk
9/25Emily Reads EverythingDanny, The Champion of the WorldWww.emilyreadseverything.com
9/26Writing My Own Fairy TaleGeorge's Marvelous MedicineHttp://www.writingmyownfairytale.com
9/27Rebelle ReadsFantastic Mr. Foxrebellereads.blogspot.com
9/28Quest ReviewsGoing Solohttp://www.questreviews.com
9/29Mundie KidsCharlie and the Chocolate Factoryhttp://www.mundiekids.blogspot.com
9/30Stuck In BooksCharlie and the Great Glass Elevatorhttp://stuckinbooks.com
10/1No BS Book ReviewsMatildahttp://nobsbookreviews.com
10/2NovelgossipThe Twitshttps://novelgossip.com
10/3Forever BookishBoy: Tales of Childhoodforeverbookish.com
10/4Miranda's Book BlogThe Giraffe and the Pelly and Mehttps://mirandasbookreviews.blogspot.com
10/5I Turn the PagesThe BFGwww.iturnthepages.com
10/6The Irish Banana ReviewThe Witcheshttp://theirishbanana.blogspot.com
10/7Actin' Up with BooksThe Magic Fingerhttp://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com
10/8Swoony Boys PodcastJames and the Giant Peachhttp://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com 


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