16. May, 2015

Roald Dahl Rocks!

Where would you find a lettuce-munching tortoise who is love-crazy for his owner, Mrs Silver? Where would you find a big friendly giant who flies when he fluffs? Where would you find a humongous chocolate waterfall tumbling into a river of mouth-watering goodness? Why, in the bewildering, flabbergasting, scrumdiddlyumptious world of Roald Dahl, of course!

When I was in kindergarten, my favourite book was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I liked it so much that I wanted more from this fabulous, quirky author. I looked in the school library and found so many others: Matilda, Esio Trot, Fabulous Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. I became an instant fan. I have read some of these stories at least five times!

Roald Dahl had a knack for writing humorous, peculiar stories with eccentric characters. All of his books have at least one revolting oddball and an unexpected hero. My most beloved Roald Dahl character is Matilda Wormwood. She adores books and can’t wait to escape her mean parents and horrible brother for school. Matilda meets her wondrous teacher, Miss Honey who she adores. But school is worse than home. The vile headmistress, Miss Trunchbull despises small children and especially hates Matilda. Amazingly, this small girl finds out she has secret powers that come in very handy…

The creative language Roald Dahl uses in his books makes me laugh out loud. This form of speech is called, ‘gobblefunk’. For example, there is a soft drink called ‘frobscottle’, ‘phizz-whizzing’ means brilliant and ‘whoopsy-splunkers’ is fantastic. Early readers may have trouble understanding these difficult words so I give the age rating of 7+. The storylines are simple, but a little bit scary like bloodthirsty witches who catch children, squelch them and eat them. 

I found a really funny website which translates words into gobblefunk. You can find fun at: www.roalddahlfans.com/gobblefunk.php

(Image: Illustrated by Quentin Blake from www.roalddahl.com)