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Posts Tagged ‘Roald Dahl’

Matilda the Musical Heads to Broadway

Next year, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company will bring Matilda the Musical to Broadway in New York City. According to United Press International, the UK production of the musical “continues to play to sold-out houses.”

Here’s more from UK production’s official site: “Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.”

We’ve embedded the show’s trailer above. Dahl published Matilda in 1988 and Quentin Blake illustrated the novel. Since its release, Matilda has spawned a 1996 movie adaptation and a two-part BBC Radio special. Which actress would you cast as the telekinetic genius heroine?

UK Royal Mail Issues Six Roald Dahl Stamps

With a few days left in the Month of Letters Challenge, the UK Royal Mail has issued six “gloriumptiously” collectible stamps for Roald Dahl fans.

Here’s more from the description page: “Six of Dahl’s most popular children’s stories feature on the Stamps – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James & the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches. As many of Dahl’s best loved stories have been illustrated by Quentin Blake it made perfect sense to use his illustrations for these Stamps.” What is your favorite stamp?

Each stamps contains a pivotal moment in the Dahl stories, from Mr. and Mrs. Twits‘ upside-down escapades to Charlie Bucket‘s golden ticket discovery. Prices for the stamps start at 66 pence (approximately $1.03 USD). A sheet of six sells for £4.66 (approximately $7.30 USD).

Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ Challenged in Michigan

In a Michigan school district, two parents have challenged an AP English class assignment to read Beloved by Toni Morrison.

The controversial challenge has generated an impressive response in the Plymouth-Canton community, and the school district is currently deciding if they should act on the challenge.

You can share your opinion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Board of Education suggestion box. Follow this link to email: suggestions@pccsmail.net. According to the board site, “suggestions are reviewed weekly by the Board and your idea may be shared publicly at a Board of Education meeting.”

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Inappropriate Coloring Books

Would you ever use a coloring book as a tool to teach your children about the Tea Party or female anatomy? Flavorpill has compiled a list called “10 Really Inappropriate Coloring Books That Actually Exist.”

Some of the other topics covered by these ten books include gangster rap, Christian conservatism and tax sheltering. The recently released Occupy, a 36-page work about the Occupy Wall Street movement, tops the list.

Here’s more from the product description: “With millions of people around the globe watching Occupy unfold daily, parents, teachers, educators and simply ‘interested people’ have asked for an educational piece that captures this culture defining event and moment in history. Accurately depicted in detailed line art and conversation the book includes modern and historical figures with quotations from Plato to O’Reilly, Hannity to Maddow, Obama to Boehner. There are pages dating back to the Robin Hood era, drawings of various parks, political views from every angle and a few surprises with imaginative satirical pages. ”

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Brooke Jackman Foundation Launches Summer Reading List

Celebrating the memory of a victim of the terrorist attacks on 9-11, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has launched its first annual summer reading list. Below, we’ve listed all the books selected by the foundation’s  advisory committee.

The committee includes actor Alec Baldwin, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Reading Rainbow show creator Dr. Twila C. Liggett, literacy expert Dr. Gay Su Pinnell, and children’s authors Stephanie Calmenson and Katie Davis.

Here’s more from the release: “Each selected two of their favorite books – a favorite from their childhood and a second book that has become more relevant in their adulthood – and added an anecdotal line about their selections … The 12 books selected by the committee convey invaluable lessons about hope, loyalty and individuality.”

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Roald Dahl & His ‘Revolting’ Cinderella Poem

Happy National Poetry Month! Roald Dahl‘s prose will soon grace breakfast tables in the UK, but here’s a taste of his poetic side.

We’ve dug up this video of Timothy West and Prunella Scales reading Dahl’s version of Cinderella from his poetry collection, Revolting Rhymes. It also features illustrations by Quentin Blake.

What Dahl quote would you like to see on a cereal box?

Roald Dahl & His ‘Revolting’ Cinderella Poem

Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ Adapted for Stage

Five stories from Roald Dahl‘s Tales of the Unexpected have been adapted for the stage in the UK. On January 14th, Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales opened for previews on the West End.

Jeremy Dyson wrote the script and Polly Findlay directed the play. The production website should be 14 or older since it is based on short stories with adult material.

Dahl first published the collection in 1979. The sixteen stories inspired a television series that lasted for nine seasons. The video embedded above features the show’s theme song. (Via the Daily Mail)

Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’ Adapted for Stage

Roald Dahl‘s George’s Marvelous Medicine has been transformed into a stage production in London. Dramatist David Wood wrote the script and Phil Clark directed. We’ve embedded the show’s trailer above.

Here’s more from production’s official site: “We present Roald Dahl’s amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun!”

Dahl published the book in 1981 and Quentin Blake illustrated. Danny, The Champion of the World and Fantastic Mr. Fox have also received the theatrical treatmenent. (Via the Shoreham Herald)

Forgotten Roald Dahl Story Reappears from Do-It-Yourself Children’s Storybook

On eBay, Jerry Biederman recently auctioned the original copy of a 300-word unfinished story by Roald Dahl for $1,900. It was part of an uncompleted 30-year-old project.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Biederman and his partner sought short unfinished stories from famous kidlit authors for a Do-It-Yourself Children’s Storybook–a book that allowed children to finish the stories themselves.  Dahl (pictured) submitted a short piece called The Eyes of Mr. Croaker. Other authors who participated include Richard Adams, P.L. Travers, Madeleine L’Engle, and Joan Aiken.

Now Biederman intends to create an interactive version of the original 1980s project, hoping to solicit contemporary authors like J.K. Rowling for contributions.

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Literary Thanksgiving Dinner

As households around the country prepare Thanksgiving menus, we’ve started a  #literarythanksgiving hashtag on Twitter to collect book-related dishes.

Post your ideas in the comments or on Twitter. Here are some ideas to get you started:

James & the Giant Peach Cobbler: Roald Dahl‘s protagonist couldn’t legally have a cocktail, but hopefully you can. This peach-flavored whiskey concoction would be perfect for the pre-dinner palette.

Cloudy with a Chance of Turkey Meatballs: You could never have too much turkey on Thanksgiving. If it were up to author Judi Barrett, these Italian-style turkey meatballs would rain down from the sky.

Life of Pumpkin Pi: Dessert is a must and surely Yann Martel would give his approval for this seasonal pastry treat.

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