It’s bound to be a scrumdiddlyumptious day. Why? Because today is Roald Dahl Day and the perfect time to celebrate all your favourite swizzfigglingly gloriumptious tales.
From the Big Friendly Giant to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda to The Twits, the legendary author has been delighting children for nearly 80 years – ever since his first irreverent kids’ tome, The Gremlins, was published in 1943.
Each year, on 13 September, the full swizzfiggling enormity of his legacy is hailed and for 2012, the 30th anniversary of the dream-catching The BFG, the theme is all about “dreaming big”.
So what can you do to make the most of the celebrations? There’s a host of ideas and events at www.roalddahlday.info and we bring you some of the best here:
Make your own Dream Jar label
To mark The BFG’s birthday write and illustrate your very own Dream Jar label and post or upload it online for the opportunity to win a Roald Dahl book collection worth £100. Click www.roalddahlday.info/DreamBig for details.
See Quentin Blake drawing live
Get ready to see Roald Dahl’s amazing illustrator drawing (virtually) live and in conversation with award-winning writer, Bear Hunt and Fantastic Mr Dahl author Michael Rosen, in an interactive webcast on September 24 at 2pm. Submit questions for Quentin and Michael to answer, suggest your fave Dahl character for the chance to see Quentin drawing it live and tell them your best dreams. To register and find out more see www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk
Dahlicious Dress-Up Day
Beg your teachers to take part in this year’s Dahlicious Dress-Up Day on Friday 28 September. Schools are invited to don their most wondercrump Roald Dahl-inspired costumes and raise cash at the same time for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity for seriously ill and disabled chiddlers. See Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity to register.
Tweet your most jumpsquifflingly gloriumptious word
Dahl is famous for inventing a whole host of gloriously nonsensical words. Tweet your very favourite one to #dahlday and join in the conversation!
Yellow was Roald Dahl’s favourite colour – put something yellow on today to celebrate the man and his madcap adventures!
Organise a Roald Dahl film night
Why not enjoy a Roald Dahl themed fun night with your friends? Pick a date and get your mitts on some of your favourite films – how about Fantastic Mr Fox, The Witches or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Grab a copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes and whip up Stink Bugs’ Eggs and Snozzcumbers to munch on while you watch.
Visit the Roald Dahl Museum
If you can get to Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire and you’re aged between six and 12, make a date to go and visit this splendiferous museum. There are free crafts, storytelling and the chance to spy Roald Dahl’s real life writing hut. Or, if you can’t make it down there in person, try the splendiferous quiz online at Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0AL, 01494 892192
Roll a peach around the world…
Without getting off the sofa! Join in the global adventure at www.followthatpeach.com
Spot the Twits in your midst by counting beards today!
Keep a diary
Roald Dahl kept a diary for every month of the year, describing the changing seasons and wildlife. Why not start your own? Have a peek outside – what’s happening?
Draw your Favourite Roald Dahl Character
… and send it in to the Puffin blog by September 30 for the chance to have your scribbling featured. Send it to Roald Dahl Blog Gallery, Puffin Marketing, 80 The Strand, London WC2R 0RL. See the Puffin Blog at www.thepuffinblog.typepad.com
Invent a sweet!
Charlie and the other children enjoyed everlasting gobstoppers, three-course dinner chewing gum and eatable marshmallow pillows. Can you invent your own glumptious treat?
For more ideas and inspirations see Roald Dahl Day 2012