He introduced the world to one of the all time best baddies Veruca Salt. He's been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". A favorite quote from him: A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Of course I'm talking about author Roald Dahl. He is a huge favorite in our abode - and almost every other abode I've been in. James and the Giant Peach was one of the first longer books we read to Kiddo, followed by the classic (and possibly most famous Dahl book) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
On Friday, September 13, it's Roald Dahl Day! How are you going to celebrate? Of course, you can read some of his fabulous tales -- perhaps ones you haven't tackled yet like The BFG or Danny, Champion of the World or some of his fantastic poetry in this Revolting Rhymes books.
A few other ways to commemorate this day? Pop some popcorn and watch a movie based on the genius stories Dahl invented. There are some excellent flicks -- from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to Matilda to The Fantastic Mr. Fox (that's my husband's favorite, complete with the voice talent of the yummy George Clooney), you have plenty of high-quality films to chose from that almost do the books justice.
Another option: cooking ala Dahl. There's a cookbook called Revolting Recipes, which tell you how to make some of the concoctions mentioned in his books. You can make Wormy Spaghetti as featured in The Twits or Strawberry-Flavored Chocolate-Coated Fudge as highlighted in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The main thing I'm going to do to celebrate Roald Dahl Day? Follow his advice on believing in magic: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Which Roald Dahl book is your favorite?