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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pure Imagination

Have you ever read a book, and it has really stuck with you?  You think about it days, weeks, months, even years later with fondness.  You may even reread the book now and then to relive those special moments that made it so unforgettable in the first place.  Well this happens all the time with children's books.  The books you read when you are a child can stick with you your entire life.  They bring back those warm fuzzy memories of curling up with a book as a kid, or being read to by mom, dad, or grandma, and just make you content all over again.  That is the magic of children's books.  And one author in particular was exceptionally fabulous at making those books that live on forever.  That author is Roald Dahl, and it just so happens to be his birthday on September 13th.  He would have been 98 years old this year.  And this year is even more special, since it is the 50th anniversary since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published.

mmm, chocolate ::drool::
What would life be like without those fantastic characters like Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and his giant peach, or Willy Wonka?  They are the figures that shaped our childhoods and they continue to spark children's imaginations every day.  So take some time this week and pick up a Roald Dahl book and read it as a family.  Make a celebration of it!  For instance, you could read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then watch the movie, all while eating some delicious chocolate.  Sounds like a great time to me!

Or you could learn more about the author and read Boy: Tales of Childhood.  Trust me - it isn't one of those boring biographies!  It is hilarious, and tons of fun.  You learn of all Dahl's antics as a boy, and his unusual adventures that often inspired some of his best known story plots.  Once you finish, you could start writing your own autobiography!  Include pictures and illustrations just like Dahl.

So stop on in and celebrate the beloved author Roald Dahl, today!

Roald Dahl's books, movies, and audiobooks

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