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Thoughts On Donald: The Musical

There is nothing like humor to make us laugh when we feel stressed or anxious.

From my perspective, the only good thing about you know who is that he is comedy gold.

The latest submission into the world of political satire comes from The Late Late Show with James Corden. Using the song, “When I Grow Up” from the musical Matilda (based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl), the song perfectly satirizes how you know who is destroying this country.

The quartet of performers is as follows: Ben Platt is Sean Spicer, Tim Minchin is you know who, Abigail Spencer is Kellyanne Conway and Corden is Steve Bannon.

I couldn’t ask for a better way to end the week.

Happy Friday.

 

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Happy Birthday Roald Dahl

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.

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Flashback Friday-Matilda (1996)

There are some classic children’s books that never get old, no matter how old you get.

One of these books is Road Dahl’s Matilda.

Matilda is a little girl growing up in difficult circumstances. Her parents despise her and the principal of her school, Miss Trunchbull takes a personal dislike to the little girl. But the help of a little magic and Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey, our heroine may get her happy ending.

In 1996, the  book was transferred to the big screen. Starring  in the movie was Mara Wilson in the title role, IRL couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman as the despicable Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull and Embeth Davidtz as Miss Honey.

This film is fun. Adhering to the plot of the novel, there is wonderful whimsical what if quality in both the book and novel that keeps endearing it to new generations of kids.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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