I don’t recall exactly when Roald Dahl Day began, but that day is today and I’ve been listening to Chris Hawkins this week on BBC 6Music who’s been celebrating it with a different playlist each morning (yep – frightfully early; by 7AM the show’s over) and each one has been inspired by a different Dahl novel. Listening to the (not even a little bit spoiler-free) summaries reminded me of reading Roald Dahl books when I was a child.
I loved them, and those books – somewhere between that book about the 3 pirates (they each wore different coloured suits – that’s about all I remember) when I was about 5 and discovering Sue Towsnend’s Adrian Mole books in my teens it’s Roald Dahl’s books that stand out most from reading memories of those years. And being reminded about those books brought back fond memories of being transported to a different world as I got lost in the books.
Dahl wrote so many wonderful books that how do you even pick a favourite? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a wonderful story and perhaps one of his most popular but there were so many others I read and loved: Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Matilda, and – of course – The BFG. I loved them all, but probably my favourite of them all was Danny, the Champion of the World.
Perhaps best of all though is that – with or without a day to celebrate the author’s books – children today are still discovering Roald Dahl’s books and finding themselves transported to strange and dark and wonderful worlds.