Friday, 8 November 2013

The Magic of Roald Dahl

I'm not sure whether it's because of Halloween that has just passed or because we're approaching the end of the calendar year with longer nights, but there seems to be something quite magical about this time of the year.  It therefore seems natural to follow the magic that was started at the end of last month from our study of The Witches to get to know more about the world of Roald Dahl.

Although Tiger has read written by Roald Dahl several times, I still think we can do a little bit more with some of his books.

The one we picked was George's Marvellous Medicine.  There is no particular reason for choosing this book over any other of Roald Dahl's books, except because we were able to catch a theatre production of it in a nearby town:

Instead of making potions based on the book, Tiger found a group to do shared-reading and discussions with (very similar to a book club).

After the discussion, Tiger made the scene of grandma popping out of the roof using paper and a cereal box:

We find the following autobiographies to be particularly helpful for getting to know the author:

So is the following three-part documentary:

After working so hard to learn about someone, wouldn't it be a shame not to not follow up by going on a related field trip to, say, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre?

The museum is as interesting inside as is the trail outside.

Inspirations for Roald Dahl's stories are dotted all around:

Replica of the interior of Roald Dahl's writing hut.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Enormous Crocodile"

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - the door to the gallery is made to look and smell like chocolate bars!

The BFG's enormous sandal and the row of houses opposite the museum that was the inspiration for Sophie's house.  The BFG peered through one of the windows into Sophie's room.
"Boy" - Roald Dahl's autobiography of his childhood.
"Matilda" - We saw Miss Honey's classroom, the nearby library where Matilda went by herself to read, and the road sign that points to where her mother would have gone to play bingo every afternoon.
"Danny and the Champion of the World" - the petrol pump that Danny's dad would have used in his garage.
It is quite an amazing and magical museum for children, with many activity station to engage the children in their imagation and to encourage creative writing.  Tiger spent most of his time in the museum dressed up as a leopard, costume courtesy of the museum.

A short walking distance away is Roald Dahl's grave.  It is located at the top of a quiet hill, and has the BFG's footprints leading up to the grave stone.

This post is linked up to:
  1. Entertaining and Educational - Nov 8, 2013
  2. Collage Friday: 100 Boxes and a Comedy of Errors
  3. Weekly Wrap Up: Dates, Drivers, and Divergent
  4. The Homeschool Mother's Journal {November 9, 2013}
  5. Hip Homeschool Hop - 11/12/2013


  1. I love reading Ronald Dahl books!! I'll have to put a few on our "to read list" :)

  2. Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Roald Dahl books!

  3. Your field trips always amaze me.

  4. Thanks, Phyllis. I just think we're lucky to have these places accessible to us. :-)

  5. I love the way you share the places you visit, it really gives an insight into and feel for them. I wish my kids had read more Roald Dahl; I wonder if they rushed onto scifi and contemporary fantasy a bit soon. You've inspired me to dig out a few books, anyway. Thank you!

  6. You're welcome, Lucinda. There's no age limit to when one may enjoy Roald Dahl's books so your children may discover him for themselves later on. Sci-fi and contemporary fantasy are very interesting genres so if they captivate your children's interest and imagination, then there's also much to learn and enjoy from those. I highly recommend HG Wells and Jules Verne, but your children have probably read them already.


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