Today, September 13, is officially known, in the book world at least, as Roald Dahl Day. Called the “greatest storyteller in the world”, Mr. Dahl was of course the creative mind behind such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, Mathilda, The BFG and many more. Today in my high school library I put up a dispaly of Roald Dahl books and had a stack of extra copies ready for anyone who wanted to take one out to read. A few students checked out the books, but, many more just stopped by the library counter to chat about their favourites including memories of when they read a particular book and who recommended it to them. Whereas my favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, many of the students were fans of The BFG, The Twitsand some of Dahl’s later work. To this day whenever I see anyone with a Caramilk in its inner gold wrapping, I am reminded of the golden tickets that allowed the lucky recipients in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory access to the wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory.
By the end of the day, all of the talk about the books, the two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies and the resulting various parodies and references on television (Family Guy, Futurama, The Office) had me craving chocolate. If you’re feeling nostalgic, or, you’ve never read these fine books, you can easily find them in your local library. You can find out more about official Roald Dahl day activities here. Here’s one of the super easy quizzes from the site:
1. Who runs the chocolate factory?
2. Who did George make his medicine for?
3. Who did the BFG snatch from the ‘norphanage?
4. Who is the Champion of the World?
5. What did Danny’s father hunt?
6. Who is Matilda’s Headmistress
7. What do the Giraffe, the Pelly and the Monkey do?
8. What story is about a “Fantastic” animal?
9. What does the enormous crocodile like to eat?
10. What does Mrs. Twit put into Mr. Twit’s spaghetti?
Now, where’s my Caramilk?