Phizz-whizzing, Snozberry and Scrumdiddlyumptious are among hundreds of invented words by one of the greatest, best-loved children’s author of the 20th century, Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet and screenwriter. He is the world’s most recognisable children’s storyteller; his books are available in over 50 different languages, and have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
Dahls’ first sensational children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 and took the world by storm. Every subsequent book became a best seller, including classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda. Many of his swashboggling books were adapted for the stage and screen; the next story to hit the cinemas will be Steven Spielberg’s adaption of the BFG, starring Mark Rylance, which is set for release in July 2016.
The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, which features Dahl’s illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, will hit the shelves on Thursday 2nd June 2016. The unique dictionary defines every word which Dahl invented, such as Biffsquiggled, Gobblefunk and Flushbunking. Furthermore, the dictionary explains where certain words came from such as rhyming words and synonyms, which are perfect for supporting learning and literacy.
The birthplace of Dahl’s profound work has been well documented, and his Writing Hut , aka his humble garden shed, has been left untouched. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is a unique place which celebrates the legacy of Roald Dahl, and is now home to Dahl’s Writing Hut with all of its original features. Interestingly, his children were not always allowed inside ‘the dream factory’ and Dahl told them that ferocious wolves were inside to prevent them from sneaking in.
The Roald Dahl Museum is situated in Buckinghamshire, London, where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The award-winning museum welcomes over 10,000 school children each year and features three interactive galleries; Boy Gallery, Solo Gallery (with original Writing Hut) and the Story Centre. Groups can enjoy a fully-guided session, including exploration of Dahl’s writing methods, hands-on activities and a literacy workshop.
Fun Fact: Roald Dahl loved his chocolate, especially Kit-Kats, and actually ate a chocolate bar everyday! He saved all the foil wrappings, screwed them up and added them to a growing ball. The Chocolate Wrapping Ball can be found in his Writing Hut, right next to his comfy chair where he wrote many of his famous stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
If any groups are hoping to visit London, we would definitely recommend combining a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum along with a West End Theatre performance, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda the Musical. On top of this, groups can enjoy West End Theatre Workshops, which focus on building confidence, creativity, communication skills and talent.
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