Tag: RoaldDahl

Want Details on Roald Dahl’s Peculiar Childhood? Check This Book Out

Did you know that Roald Dahl was not just an author, but a medical inventor, chocolate historian, fighter pilot, and a spy? Hard to believe, as his stories are rich with innocent, joyous, and delicate characters. His stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda didn’t just instantly come to him, however. They were the product of a bizarre, gruesome, yet impactful childhood. You can read all about it in his book Boy: Tales of Childhood

 

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Boy: Tales of Childhood is an autobiographical book depicting Dahl’s life, from the time of his birth up until he had left school. It portrays his incredibly detailed life experiences, a lot of which led him to a career of writing, some of which are incredibly tragic. Yet, the book is highly comical, and Dahl incorporates his skills of comedic writing smoothly in this autobiographical piece.  From this book, you can see where all the characters in Dahl’s pieces get their vivid personalities. If you are familiar with his books, reading this will help you make sense of a lot the interactions between his characters.

 

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It is fascinating to see the development of one the most prolific children’s book authors of all time. As an homage to one of the great story tellers of the 20th century, all fans of literature should read this gem.

 

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Donald Glover Might Be Our New ‘Willy Wonka’!

Now, as you may already know, a brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ever popular Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is currently in the works

 

The film is being written and produced by Simon Rich (The SimpsonsSaturday Night Live) and David Heyman (Harry Potter) under Warner Bros., with director Paul King (Paddington). 

 

Now, although there are already two previous adaptations (the second being the darkly strange Tim Burton version starring Johnny Depp and the first, obviously, being the original 1971 classic starring the one-and-only Gene Wilder), this new adaptation already sounds like it’s on the track to being something completely unique and original. And now, according to Colliderone of the few actors shortlisted for the starring role as Willy Wonka himself is none other than Donald Glover.

 

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Glover amassed a wide-reaching fame over the past decade; revealing that his talents and skills expand far beyond any one singular artistic route, and that he is, in fact, good at everything. His music under the pseudonym Childish Gambino is poetic, unique, political, influential, and everything in between (if you haven’t yet watched, click here to see the vitally important, relevant, and powerful video for This is America). He was incredibly charming and hilarious as the playful, childlike, and lovable Troy Barnes on the NBC series Community and has been killing it in the box-office as Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story (not to mention the fact that he’s the creator, writer, and star of Atlanta). So, in other words, Glover’s versatility isn’t even up for debate. And, I have no doubt that his Wonka would be so fun. and interesting and layered.

 

However, this is Hollywood and nothing has been stated as being set-in-stone quite yet; other stars stated as being shortlisted for the role of Wonka include Ezra Miller and Ryan Gosling. So, either way, it sounds like the new Willy Wonka adaptation will be starring someone worth watching!

 

(Still, wouldn’t Donald Glover be the coolest Wonka ever?)

 

 

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10 Inspiring Quotes from Children’s Literature

Children’s books have the incredible power of breaching age and cultural gaps and touching the hearts of readers everywhere.

 

Even as adults, we cherish our favorite children’s books, largely due to the way an author was able to form words in such a way that made us laugh, cry, relate, and inspire us in ways unimaginable.

 

Here’s just a few examples of memorable quotes from childhood classics that were inspiring.

 

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–Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne

 

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–“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie

 

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–“Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

 

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–“The Minpins” by Roald Dahl

 

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–“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie

 

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–“The Secret Garden” by Francis Hodgson Burnett

 

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–“The Twits” by Roald Dahl

 

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–“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

 

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–“I Can Read with My Eyes Shut” by Dr. Seuss

 

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–“Where the Sidewalks End” by Shel Silverstein

 

 

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Watch an Amazing Paper Hogwarts be Born in This Stop-Motion Video

The Harry Potter universe has a little bit of everything: books, movies, a stage play, and even Matilda crossover fan fiction. Now, thanks to the team at unPOP, it also has this awesome stop-motion paper construction video.

The filmmakers used stop motion animation to create the illusion that the Hogwarts itself was magically rising from the pages of the books. It’s a really well done short film – check it out below!

If that looks like it took a long time to put together, it’s because it did. According to the filmmaker, this one minute of animation took nearly a month to make! The unPOP team had to build the props for the bedroom set and then carefully craft the entire Hogwarts castle out of paper. They used nothing but pages from the third Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Maybe J.K. Rowling will have something to say about this on Twitter? We’ll be keeping an eye out!

 

Stephen L., Staff Writer