Tuesday, September 17, 2013

4 Kids | Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Dahl

Yes, I know I'm several days late, but that's ok. I think it's just fine to wish a belated happy birthday to one of the greatest authors for children ever. And I'm sure many of you readers agree with me that his books are just over-the-top funny with incredible characters and super great plots. 

Roald Dahl's birthday was September 13. He was born in 1916 in Wales to Norwegian parents. In addition to being one of the world's best-selilng authors, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and became a flying ace! 

When I think about it, Roald Dahl is the most asked-for author by children in the Chavez Library. At least that's what I think. 

So here are a few of his best books (in my humble opinion). If you've not read one or some of these, visit the library nearest you and pick up a copy!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is probably one of Dahl's most popular books. What happens when the five luckiest children in the entire world walk through the doors of Willy Wonka’s famous, mysterious chocolate factory? What happens when, one by one, the children disobey Mr. Wonka’s orders? Read and find out how the nasty are punished and the good are deliciously, sumptuously rewarded.

One of my all-time favorites is James and the Giant Peach. Here's the blurb from the publisher: When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends -- Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins! 

My other favorite is Matilda. Poor Matilda. Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. But there's a little more to the story, isn't there? Matilda has some very interesting and special talents. And of course, she loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge. Such a fun story. If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend it!!

Thinking about these great books reminds me: we've got some super-fun kids' programs going on right now as part of One Book, One San Joaquin. That's right. Children can come out and make their very own book. So get creative and be a part of this special program. 

As always, happy reading. 

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