Book of the week: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl
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- Published on Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:04
- Last Updated on 31 August 2016
- Monica Costa
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This year on 13th September 2016 the world celebrates 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl (1916-1990), one of the most popular children’s authors of all times. For the occasion, Carlton is publishing a fabulous new book The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl. I have literally fallen in love with it. I dare say that it’s the best children’s book that I have reviewed in 2016. A brilliance that is difficult to beat!
Here is why I love it so much.
1- A quirky format: It’s a sort of manual presented in a scrumdiddlyumptious scrapbook style aimed at Dahl’s super fans that brings to life some of Roald Dahl’s most loved characters and stories in an interactive portfolio of illustrations and inserts from the author’s imaginary stories and his real life. From gruesome giants to plucky heroes and heroines, the book reveals the stories behind Dahl’s most popular work.
2- It comes out the same month of the Steven Spielberg’s spectacular film release The BFG starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, this books sheds some light into the world of the BFG.
Here is my BFG vlog.
Here is the film review that explains why you should go and watch it (if you haven’t seen it yet).
3- The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl is a collection of facts, trivia, and details that bring Roald Dahl and his memorable characters to life. Did you know, for instance, that Roald Dahl loved chocolate, but never ate spaghetti? Or that he was a terrible speller? Or that he had four sisters? Have you ever wanted to know what actually happened to James Trotter’s parents when they encountered an angry escaped rhino? Or how to make the Twits’ infamous bird pie? This book will tell you these curious facts and a lot more.
4- The book is filled with Quentin Blake‘s memorable illustrations as well as black and white photos, information about Dahl from his family tree, images of the pencils he used to write his stories. He was peculiar about the choice of paper and pencils he used and also very methodical.
5- It explains why Dahl’s novel are so timeless.
6- There are a lot of fold out pages, leaflets and booklets and a letter in an envelope at the end of the book. It’s easier to read than a normal biographical book as it has boxes with easy chunks of information rather than block of text.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums