This year, Roald Dahl Day (13th September) will celebrate 50 years of James and the Giant Peach, the famous book about a boy, orphaned by an angry rhinoceros, who is sent to live with his horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker, but escapes to embark a magical adventure aboard a giant peach. Half a century after one of the greatest children’s authors to ever have lived wrote this much-loved classic, the story is as popular as ever. This week, in homage to the writer, his novels and James and the Giant Peach, we pick out some of the best Roald Dahl sites.
FOLLOW THAT PEACH
Set up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach, Follow That Peach lets children and fans to send the James’ peach rolling on further adventures around the world. Send a virtual peach or download a paper Peach-gram to send through the post. The site logs how many peaches are in transit, the total number of miles travelled and the number of people who have rolled a peach.
Who farted? The site did! Just a little Roald Dahl humour… The official website of the author lets children play games, test their knowledge of the author, listen to interviews and buy books. Richly illustrated with Dahl’s famous characters, as interpreted by Quentin Blake, the site also features top tips for classroom activities and lessons making it a top site if you love Roald Dahl.
THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM AND STORY CENTRE
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire is well worth a visit if you or your children are Roald Dahl fans. Use the site to find out what’s on each month – this month, there are lots of ‘peachy’ events and celebrations, including a rare opportunity to see Roald Dahl’s legendary illustrator, Quentin Blake, talking, drawing and answering questions from 2.15 to 3pm on 28 September 2011.
ROALD DAHL DAY
This site helps you to celebrate Roald Dahl Day by providing Party Packs, Quiz Packs and Sports Day Packs, each full of activities, quizzes, information and materials to help make your Roald Dahl Day a truly great one. From September to December, children can also participate in a Reading Relay to be in with a chance of winning a Revolting Reader badge. They only have to read three books, but we’ll wager that they won’t be able to stop at three!
If you love Roald Dahl, then you must love Quentin Blake, the genius illustrator who brought Dahl’s fabulous tales to life with quirky sketches of famous characters such as Mr and Mrs Twit, Matilda and The BFG. This is the official site of Blake with videos and sketches showing his creative process as well as information for parents and teachers, details of his books, exhibitions and much more.
ROALD DAHL’S MARVELLOUS CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded by Mrs Felicity Dahl, his widow, as the Roald Dahl Foundation in 1991. Since then, it has given more than £7 million in funding to help children and young people with serious, rare blood or brain conditions and, until the end of 2008, literacy problems. What a marvellous idea.
ROALD DAHL FANS
Although rarely updated now, this site is still worth a visit. Set up by Kristine Howard, it includes a lengthy biography of Dahl, together with links to interviews and a set of detailed timelines covering his work and personal life. Kristine has included the author’s adult short stories, together with the films with which he was connected in the Dahl’s Work section. In the Classroom features a range of teaching resources, including how to set about homework based on Dahl’s work.
5th September 2011