Blog Tour: Roald Dahl 100 Year Celebration + Giveaway

This year Penguin Young Readers and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate are celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl —the world’s number one storyteller. 

I have been a fan of Roald Dahl since I was a little girl and read The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda. These stories took me away from the everyday and transported me to a world's that I longed to live in and am forever grateful to Mr. Dahl for all the wonderful memories he has given me.

As part of the celebration, Penguin Young Readers has released brand new covers of all of Roald Dahl's works. I have the honor of celebrating the newest cover for The BFG and an excerpt! Please join me in the celebration of such a wonderful event.

Excerpt from The BFG:

Sophie couldn’t sleep.

A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.

The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.

Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.

It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room on to her face.

The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.

The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.

Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.

The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.

The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie’s pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.

You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.

She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tip-toed over to the window.

When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.

She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.

The longing to look out became so strong she couldn’t resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window. In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.

Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance’s shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn’t look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.

Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.

Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.

It was something black…

Something tall and black…

Something very tall and very black and very thin. 
Illustration Copyright © 1982 by Quentin Blake

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film.  Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans. 

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

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Check out all the other blogs on this celebratory blog tour

September 5 Peace Loves Books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 - The Compulsive Reader - Danny, The Champion of the World Review 
September 5 - The Starry Eyed Revue - James and The Giant Peach Review
September 6Ex Libris Kate - The Witches Review
September 6Lost In Lit - The Witches Feature - Revisiting The Witches as an adult 
September 7Cozy Reading Corner - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt 
September 7 - The Plot Bunny - The Magic Finger Review 
September 7 - Lilli's Reflections - The Twits Excerpt 
September 8The Irish Banana - Matilda Review 
September 8Ticket To Anywhere - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 8Cuddlebuggery - Quentin Blake's Illustrations of Roald Dahl's Books Feature
September 8Beth Fish Reads - Going Solo Review 
September 9 -  Ravenous Reader - The BFG Excerpt 
September 9Paper Cuts - The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt 
September 9The Lovely Books - The Witches Excerpt 
September 9A Glass of Wine - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 10Novel Novice - George's Marvelous Medicine Excerpt 
September 10YA Bibliophile - Fantastic Mr. Fox Review
September 10Watercolor Moods - The Magic Finger Feature - Collage
September 10Cracking The Cover - The Magic Finger Feature - Short Review and History 
September 11Jessabella Reads - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review 
September 11Who R U Blog - Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature - Trivia
September 12Belle of the Library - The Twits Review 
September 12Book Mania Life - George's Marvelous Medicine Review 
September 12The Book Swarm - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt 
September 12Book Belles - James and the Giant Peach Feature - Book to Movie
September 12 -  Alexa Loves Books - Matilda Feature - Style Files
September 13- Roald's birthday! - Brittany's Book Rambles - Matilda Excerpt 
September 13 - Roald's birthday! - Mundie Kids - The BFG Review
September 13 - Roald's birthday! - Read Now Sleep Later - Boy Excerpt
September 13 - Roald's birthday - Consumed By Books - Matilda Excerpt 
September 13 - Roald's birthday - I Am A Reader - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt 
September 13The Novel Life Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature
September 13 - The Book Rat - Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14Belle's Bash - The BFG Excerpt
September 14WinterHaven Books - Esio Trot Excerpt 
September 14A Book and A Latte - The Magic Finger Excerpt
September 14Hello Chelly - Matilda Feature - BookBags
September 14Loving Dem Books - Youtube Feature
September 15Writing My Own Fairy-Tale - George's Marvelous Medicine Review 
September 15The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review
September 15Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Esio Trot Review
September 15Coffee, Books and Me - Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl's Books
September 16Undeniably Book Nerdy - Boy Review 
September 16 - Supernatural Snark - James and the Giant Peach Review 
September 16My Friend Amy - Going Solo Excerpt 
September 16The Quiet Concert - Danny, the Champion of the World Review 
September 17Book Briefs - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 
September 17Andi's ABCs - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature - ABCs
September 17Just Another Rabid Reader - The Magic Finger Review 
September 17Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia - Roald Dahl Feature - Food Feature
September 18Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Matilda Feature - Reading With Dad
September 18Addicted 2 Novels - Esio Trot Review 
September 18Pure Imagination - Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt 
September 18Green Bean Teen Queen What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature
September 19Bookiemoji - The Witches Excerpt 
September 19Shooting Stars Blog - Roald Dahl Feature - Etsy Products
September 19Nightly Reading - Matilda Review

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