Children's Book Week

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Roald Dahl HQ
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3:00pm, 7th July
Charlie, Enormous Crocodile, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits
Roald Dahl's Matilda Wormwood, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake

Why not re-read some of your fave Roald Dahl stories this Children's Book Week? Here are a few ideas to get you started...

With the USA celebrating its 96th annual Children's Book Week back in May, this time it's the turn of schools, libraries, bookstores and reading fans across the UK to get involved! Run by Book Trust, this year's Children's Book Week celebrates all things bookish - we're sure Matilda Wormwood would approve.

Visit the Children's Book Week website for more information.


More than 25 years after it was first released, Roald Dahl's tale of a little girl who happens to be an extraordinary genius continues to delight readers. Matilda has been adapted for film and stage but the book had its roots in Roald Dahl's own village - in fact, the library in Great Missenden (where the Roald Dahl Museum stands) is said to have inspired the library that Matilda Wormwood visits, and where Mrs Phelps introduces her to all those lovely books.


Set for a big-screen adaptation in 2016, The BFG tells the tale of a Big Friendly Giant and his young orphan friend, Sophie. From Sophie's English village to the wilds of Giant Country and all the way to Buckingham Palace, this is a dream of an adventure story (and we can't wait to see Steven Spielberg's adaptation next year!)

The Twits

Mr and Mrs Twit are horrible to each other and pretty much everyone around them, including the poor Muggle-Wump monkeys. Their tricks can be pretty funny though, and the Roly Poly Bird is always on hand to help give those horrid Twits what-for.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

You've probably heard of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the story of Mr Willy Wonka, his Oompa-Loompas and those five lucky Golden Ticket winners (four of whom are pretty ungrateful.) But have you ever read the sequel? Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator takes you up and out of the factory, all the way into outer space.

The Enormous Crocodile

Want something yummy yummy yummy for younger children? The Enormous Crocodile is the very first story Roald Dahl and his principal illustrator Sir Quentin Blake worked on. Just watch out for that horrible crocodile - he's on the lookout for some nice juicy children to eat for lunch...