Friday, 13 September 2013

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day - Image by Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl Day - Image by Quentin Blake

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

And happy Friday 13th. It seems rather fitting that Roald Dahl day has fallen on this mischievous date.

I love Roald Dahl, I remember desperately trying to move a spoon using only my mind when I was a child. I was very annoyed when it wouldn't budge and blamed my parents for being too nice, unlike Matilda's parents, whose ill treatment lead to her amazing power.

Matilda by Roald Dahl - Image by Quentin Blake
Matilda by Roald Dahl - Image by Quentin Blake
I also loved Matilda because she read books all the time, like myself.

However, my favourite Roald Dahl book has to be The Twits.

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's descriptions of the vindictive couple and their practical jokes are wonderfully horrible. I also particularly loved the poor monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps.

But my main reason for liking The Twits is that it taught me two very important life lessons. One is that, "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." The other is told by the Roly-Poly Bird to the Muggle-Wumps; "It's no good going to a country and not knowing the language." I'm not fluent in any other languages, so can't follow this 100%, but if I am going abroad I always make sure I know the basics. It's much better than doing the typical British thing of thinking that if you speak very loudly and slowly in English then people will eventually understand.

Thanks Roly-Poly Bird.

I hope you have a lovely Roald Dahl Day.

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