Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPUZZLES - HIL­LEL ITALIE

THIS Septem­ber marks 100 years since the birth of one of the most beloved chil­dren’s authors, Roald Dahl.

The adap­ta­tion for film of Dahl’s The BFG is cur­rently in cin­e­mas.

Other events are also planned to mark Dahl’s cen­ten­nial. Th­ese in­clude a re-re­lease of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Choco­late Fac­tory, new edi­tions of James and the Gi­ant Peach, The Witches and other clas­sics as well as pub­li­ca­tion of a guide to Dahl’s work – the Ox­ford Roald Dahl Dic­tio­nary.

Lucy Dahl is one of Roald Dahl’s five chil­dren and she shared her thoughts about her late fa­ther’s life and legacy in an in­ter­view.

What would your fa­ther have made of all the events this year?

He would have loved it. He worked so in­cred­i­bly hard his whole life and he’s be­come more and more well-known and loved by chil­dren and dis­cov­ered by chil­dren as the years go on. That’s what he wanted. He wanted to make chil­dren happy through his work. He wanted chil­dren to know that he un­der­stood them.

He used to say, ‘Chil­dren have a lot to go through. Try walk­ing around on your knees, be­ing half the size of ev­ery­one else. And ev­ery­thing you want you have to ask for and 99 per­cent of the time you’re be­ing told “no”. See how you feel at the end of the day.’

What do you think of Steven Spiel­berg’s film of ?

The BFG Steven got it right. Steven, too, un­der­stands the idea of good tri­umph­ing over evil and iden­ti­fy­ing with be­ing young at heart.

I went to the set for one day and spent a lot of time there. It was one of the most mag­i­cal days in my whole life. All of the sets were in one mas­sive ware­house. It was re­ally in­cred­i­ble and Steven treated me like I was a queen. The BFG was a bed­time story when I was grow­ing up, and I had this vis­ual image of it, as one does, and walk­ing into that gi­ant ware­house and walk­ing on to those sets… was like ev­ery­thing I ever imag­ined.

I felt like I was Charlie Bucket walk­ing into the choco­late fac­tory.

Are there any other adap­ta­tions of your fa­ther’s work that stand out for you?

I es­pe­cially love Matilda the Mu­si­cal. It’s re­ally, re­ally fan­tas­tic. I also like Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox (movie).

It’s very dif­fi­cult for many peo­ple

The BFG.

A 10-year-old girl from Lon­don named So­phie (Ruby Barn­hill) be­friends the BFG (Mark Ry­lance), a Big Friendly Gi­ant from Gi­ant Coun­try, in

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