Greatest story writer turns 100
WHO would have thought that more than 60 local children could get so excited about someone turning 100 years old?
Well that’s what happened at the Mansfield Library last Thursday when almost 70 children, parents, grandparents and library staff and even three Oompa Loompas celebrated the 100th birthday for children’s writer Roald Dahl.
Staff dressed appropriately in fancy dress, a huge birthday cake was cut, happy birthday was sung, stories were read and games and colouring activities taken part in – all in celebration.
With fruit, cake and drinks all devoured it was then off home for the children who had thoroughly enjoyed yet another fantastic event at the local library – and all encouraged to keep on reading.
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.
His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander.
According to Wikipedia he rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world’s best-selling authors.
He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”.
His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year in 1990.
In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
Dahl’s s hort s t ories are known for their unexpected endings and his children’s books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.
His books champion t he kind-hearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment.
Dahl’s works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.
DAHL CHARACTERS: Celebrating the 100th birthday of author Roald Dahl were (from left) Deb Westphalen and Kristy Maher (The Witches), Justine Shelton (Willy Wonka), Jane Diplock (Miss Trunchbull), Kirsten Lingard (Veruca Salt), Dan Purcell (Mr Fox),...
GIANT CAKE: Enough to feed the hundred was this celebration cake made by High Country Bakery and decorated by librarian Justine Shelton.
LET’S CELEBRATE: Librarians Sharyn Howlett and Justine Shelton gather the 60 plus children in to light the birthday candles and sing happy birthday before dividing up the cake - all in honour of Roald Dahl’s contribution to literature.