The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

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Kids in Museums volunteer, Maggie Monteath, shared this book with her grandson, who is currently working his way through the entire works of Roald Dahl.

This book is described as ‘A spectacular scrapbook of stories, characters and creations’ and was published to coincide with Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. It’s a really attractive book featuring Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations. I loved discovering the map showing where all the characters live (in relation to the Writing Hut of course!), gatefold flaps, booklets and, my favourite part, a letter inside an envelope at the very end of the book.

It starts off with lots of background information and you’ll soon find out facts such as he only wrote in pencil on yellow paper, he was a fighter pilot and things from Roald Dahl’s everyday life, such as the bar of chocolate he ate every day, were the starting point for his stories. You also get an overview of the stories, very helpful if like me you haven’t read them all, scraps from his notes and the stories behind the stories. So if you want to know what happened to James’ parents or how to make the Twits’ infamous bird pie this is the book for you.

Having taken it off for a good read, my eight year old grandson told me, ‘I love this book because it tells you what Roald Dahl was like. He’s like the characters in his books, like Mr Fox he’s attached to his family and like Charlie, instead of getting one bar a year he gets one bar a day’.

This book would make a great Christmas present for Dahl fans of any age whether they are already avid readers or just starting out.

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl is published by Carlton Books and costs £16.99 ISBN 978 178312 215 8

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