Dahl still a mar­vel­lous treat

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What's On This Weekend - By SI­MONE KER­WIN

“IF you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun­beams, and you will look lovely”.

It’s that kind of sen­ti­ment, from his 1979 book The Twits, which keeps the work of Roald Dahl fly­ing off the shelves at Wan­garatta Li­brary.

The li­brary’s chil­dren and youth ser­vices of­fi­cer, Anne-Ma­ree Phillips, said the late Welsh-born writer, whose birth­day was re­mem­bered world­wide on Wed­nes­day’s Roald Dahl Day, re­mained as pop­u­lar today as when his works were pro­duced.

“Of­ten we have chil­dren com­ing in look­ing for se­ries, and his are the first works they have al­ready read,” she said.

“But we still get chil­dren com­ing in who haven’t read his books, and if they are fans of (Aus­tralian au­thor) Andy Grif­fiths, I di­rect them to Roald Dahl.

“Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory is one of his most pop­u­lar books, but there are so many other lesser known ones that chil­dren still re­ally en­joy.”

The li­brary is recog­nis­ing an­other beloved au­thor dur­ing these school hol­i­days, with its chil­dren’s book club fo­cus­ing on Enid Bly­ton’s The En­chanted Wood, to mark what would have been her 120th birth­day year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the li­brary on 5721 2366.

STILL A FAVOURITE: Wan­garatta Li­brary’s chil­dren and youth ser­vices of­fi­cer, Anne-Ma­ree Phillips, with a stack of Roald Dahl books, which still prove pop­u­lar among young li­brary pa­trons.

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