Roald Dahl

There really is #moretobooks when you can become so inspired. I can not deny that Roald Dahl was a massive part of my childhood and one of the authors that has inspired me to become a Children’s writer.

As I learnt from Jane Austen when I nipped to Bath a few weekends ago, “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek the abroad” so I had a little journey north of London. Not quite abroad but adventurous enough. (Socially distances and wore a mask the whole time)

Great Missenden

I booked on a Meet Up group of a tour with places related to the life of Roald Dahl.

Great Missenden
This garage inspired the description of the garage in Danny the Champion of the world.
This is apparently the Library Matilda would have gone to when her mum went to bingo.
This is the building that inspired the orphanage where BFG blew dreams in through the windows.
We went to see the grave of Roald Dahl.
And saw the footprints of the BFG!

The Splendiferous Museum

Disney gave the Museum these gates as a gift. They wanted to give the Willy Wonka gates but they wouldn’t fit through the tunnel.
The museum

Sadly, the Museum was fully booked for tours. I didn’t even know it existed. I shall definitely be coming back! I’ll do a part 2 when I do.

It is only 41 minutes on the train from Marylebone.

In the courtyard, there is a statue of Matilda.
Mmmm chocolate!

More to books…

We all know of Roald Dahls’ very famous titles but there are a few less known ones published too.

The Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Patrick Benson

It is weird to me to see a Roald Dahl book not illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Billy and the Minpins, illustrated by Quentin Blake

I am very much excited for the release of the new ‘Witches’ film. I have a great fondness for the first and don’t think it can live up to it entirely. I’m sure it will be good. Different but good!

Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl said that when she stayed at her Grandfathers, he used to blow dreams through the door with bamboo just like the BFG did. Apparently, when they became the age when they started to wonder whether it could be real or not, Roald stayed up at night to write the BFG in the snow, so when they woke up, they could see it from their bedroom window. I bet it was magical.

Following in her Grandfathers footsteps, Sophie is also a writer.

Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl, illustrated by Lauren O’Hara

And writes about food…

Miss Dahl’s voluptuous delights by Sophie Dahl

I did know that Roald Dahl wrote for adults too, but it is not until I visited the museum gift shop that I’ve been intrigued enough to read some for myself. I’ll pop what I thought about it on my twitter page when I have finished it.

It’s not really a title to put on a blog about children’s books!! Maybe do a google for yourself!

If you do make it to Great Missenden, there is a Splendiferous Afternoon Tea on offer in the museum cafe.

Show me your little ones favourite Roald Dahl book!

Love Kat x

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Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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