You have been cordially invited to celebrate the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. Every Roald Dahl story has a sprinkling of magic, from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to the BFG’s dream jars, and this year fans everywhere are waiting with glittering eyes to see Billy and the Minpins, illustrated for the first time by Quentin Blake. So, whether you’re celebrating in a bookshop, school, library or a living room, or even at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, this pack is filled with ideas.
Maybe you’ll build a BFG dream cave, create a reading corner worthy of Matilda, or start growing an enchanted forest for future Minpins. Let your imagination run wild. This year we’re introducing Roald Dahl’s new hero, Billy – try our quiz and find out which hero you are! When you know who your favourite hero is, why not get stuck into our reading and writing activities, all inspired by Roald Dahl’s tales?
You could even dress up as your favourite character for a Dahlicious Dress-Up Day! Make your own bushy Mr Twit beard, or don a Willy Wonka top hat. The possibilities are endless and it’s a great opportunity to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps provide the best possible healthcare for seriously ill children. Everything included is suitable for children ages five and up, but make sure a Big Friendly Grown-up is present for any games.
Happy Roald Dahl Day!
To celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2017, we have a new edition of Billy and the Minpins, illustrated by Quentin Blake for the first time!
Billy’s mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that’s exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too – or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children’s imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl’s very last story (originally published in 1991), is just as magical.
The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author. His fabulously popular children’s books are read by children all over the world. He died in November 1990.