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Hip-hop happy birthday, Roald Dahl!

Today has been a brilliant day for children’s literature. One of the top trends on Twitter was #RoaldDahlDay and schools, bookshops and libraries all over the country celebrated what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.

For the past couple of weeks, this friendly fellow has decorated our library wall at school:


which Holly helped me make. The little test tubes are his jars of dreams and they’ve now been labelled with all sorts of ideas.

Last week I asked the children to design their own confectionary, which might find a place in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. We had some excellent suggestions:


And they also designed strange characters based on the Roald Dahl name generator (basically, you take the first letter of your first name and the first letter of your second name and look up what they equate to). Here are some hilarious examples:


My favourite has to be The Rotsome Trunchbull.

Finally, Year 3 hosted a cake sale, with all profits going to The Roald Dahl Charity. We thought the children might bring in bought cakes, but many went through tremendous effort to create their own cakes based on one of Roald Dahl’s books. We had a chocolate river from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a tortoise from Esio Trot, for example.


You can read more about it all on our lovely library blog at:

Please do visit us and subscribe to our posts – the children will be delighted.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a splendiferous Tuesday evening!





Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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