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-2005

Songs and Verse published; Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory released; birth of Roald Dahl's seventh grandchild

In 2005, Songs and Verse - an anthology of Roald Dahl's poems, rhymes and verses - is published by Jonathan Cape.

Tim Burton directs a new film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The filmmakers donate a replica of the gates used in the film to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, home to Roald's archive and based in his hometown of Great Missenden, which opens its gates in June 2005. Also among the Museum's exhibits is the coat worn by Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka in the film. 

Also in 2005, Roald's seventh grandchild, Alexa Dahl - daughter of Roald's son Theo - is born.

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-13th September 2006

The first ever Roald Dahl Day takes place

On 13th September 2006 - the day that what would have been Roald’s 90th birthday - the first-ever Roald Dahl Day takes place across the world, with celebrations in the UK, USA and Holland.

Roald Dahl Day goes on to become an annual event, with the month of September becoming the focus for parties, book readings and in-school celebrations including the Dahlicious Dress Up Day, held every year towards the end of September in aid of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

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-2007

Roald Dahl's eighth grandchild is born, and the Roald Dahl Day celebrations continue

2007 sees the birth of Roald Dahl's eighth grandchild, Luke Frantzis Dahl. Luke is Ophelia Dahl's son.

Also this year, the Roald Dahl Day celebrations continue with ITV3 dedicating a whole weekend of programming to Roald and his stories. This included two new documentaries: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rule Book and The Unexpected Roald Dahl. Contributors included Quentin Blake, Jo Brand, Miriam Margolyes, Heston Blumenthal, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Rosen.

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-2008

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the brainchild of Michael Rosen, launches in 2008

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize launches in 2008, under the guidance of author Michael Rosen. The prize is administered by BookTrust and aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. 

Entries are accepted in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen with the winner of each category receiving £2,500. 

Now an annual event, the first prize ceremony saw Andy Stanton's Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear pick up the award in The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen category, while Ursula Jones's The Witch's Children Go To School won in The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under category.

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-2009

Release of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox

A stop-motion animated film version of Fantastic Mr Fox, adapted and directed by Wes Anderson and starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, is released.

The film features many scenes based upon real-life locations in Great Missenden, the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and where his archive is now housed in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. The Museum's exhibits include some of the set pieces created for the film.

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