An unforgettable children’s book lasts generations. With every new generation, new readers discover the joy of the same book that their forebears read as children.
The late Roald Dahl’s birthday was last week. He is among one of the giants of children’s literature. From his pen and his imagination came Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Boy, James And The Giant Peach, etc.
I remember reading Boy more than twenty years ago. Dahl has such a unique perspective on childhood that it feels like through his characters, he is speaking directly to his young readers. When a writer is able to speak directly to his or her readers, they have a gift that many wish they had.
Wherever you are Mr. Dahl, thank you for inspiring multiple generations of children. Your name and work will never be forgotten.
Filed under Books, Writing
There is something about a piece candy or chocolate that will inevitably draw a child in.
Road Dahl’s classic children’s book, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a childhood fantasy. The doors to Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory are about to open. 5 lucky children are about to have the experience of a lifetime.
In 1971, the book was made into a film. Gene Wilder steps into role of Willy Wonka. Playing the young boy who is worthy of the final prize is Peter Ostrum.
In 2005, director Tim Burton decided to put his own spin on the story. Renamed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp steps into the role that previously belonged to Gene Wilder, Freddy Highmore is the young man who is the boy who is unique among the children who have been chosen.
The 1971 film has the hallmark of a late 1960’s, early 1970’s film. Bright colors, groovy fashions and an almost joyous approach to the tender years that are our childhood. The 2005 reboot is most certainly a Tim Burton film. It has the colors, the crazy landscape and the colorful characters that usually inhabit his films.
I recommend them both.
OH. MY. G-D.
The trailer for Episode 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out.
I want more. I need to see this movie now. I cannot wait until December. The fangirl in me is doing somersaults.
I only hope that JJ Abrams and George Lucas have realized their past mistakes and given the fans a film that is worthy of our adoration.
To borrow a quote from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I WANT IT NOW!