Roald Dahl Day - to commemorate his birthday - is on Sunday, September 13th. What a truly inspirational children's writer; wonderful characterisation and wisdom in his words. I recall TheBFG capturing my imagination when I was a child; I'm ancient now, so there must be trillions of other children who have since been captivated by his books!
And his writing isn't just for a younger readership. His autobiography is great for older brothers and sisters to read, plus he has also written several adult titles.
Stephen Spielberg is directing a film version of The BFG scheduled to be released in 2016. I can understand why some have reservations, as Roald Dahl runs deep into our enchanted childhood. Also, it is difficult to think of Roald Dahl's characters without conjuring up the friendly spider lines of illustrator, Quentin Blake. They really were a dream team.
Having said that, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the best children's books adapted to screen EVER! If you've yet to see it, grab some crodscolloping popcorn and enjoy watching it on Roald Dahl's whoopsy wiffling day. Whizzpopping is optional...