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Monday, June 27, 2016

Latest Movie Based off a Book!

Mrs. Seuss here with some exciting news.  Another book from one of the greatest children's writer of the twentieth century is being released as a movie on July 1st!  This amazing writer has already had five other books made into either animated movies or live action ones.  Can you guess who it is?  I'll give you a few clues.

  • British writer
  • Over 200 million copies of this author's books have been sold
  • Typically writes from the perspective of the child character
  • Wrote the movie script for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Have you guessed the author yet?  The author is one of my favorites when I was growing up.  I must have reread one of the writer's books ten times and as an adult I still would read it again.  Okay, I've stalled long enough.  The author is....Roald Dahl.  I just love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (guess what's on my summer reading list again along with the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator!).
The BFG story, which was first written in 1982, makes it way to the big screen on July 1st.  Other titles he wrote which have been made into movies are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach.  My son's third grade teacher made him fall in love with The BFG when she read it aloud in class.  He came home telling me we had to read this book together.  That was music to my ears and The BFG became a beloved book for us.

The idea for The BFG came several years before 1982.  Roald wrote down ideas for books in his "Roald Dahl's Ideas Books" - notebooks where he used to write down thoughts that came to him and were sometimes changed into stories.  Roald shared how the story of the giant developed.  In Danny the Champion of the World, the giant was the character in a bedtime story Danny's father told him. Roald often told his own children the story of The Big Friendly Giant, even going so far as to climb up on a ladder outside his daughters' bedroom and use a bamboo cane to pretend to blow happy dreams in through their window.  How cool of a dad is that!
Why am I telling you all of this?  Because if you have never read a Roald Dahl book, YOU NEED TOO!!! He was an amazing writer and I just know once you read, you will have to read more titles by him.  Plus the books are always better than the movie.  So come in, check out one of his titles to read and then you can watch the movie version.  You won't be sorry.

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