Happy Roald Dahl Month!

September 9th, 2010 by

I’m sure you’re familiar with Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which a strange collection of wacky kids tour the most fantastical candy factory of all time, owned by an eccentric genius. And I’m sure that as you read it, you thought to yourself, “Gee, this story is so boring. It really needs just one more weird misbehaving child to liven things up.”

No? Well, apparently, Roald Dahl didn’t think so either, because he actually left out some potential ticket winners from the final version of the book. Luckily for us, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets comes out this month — it’s a new book containing a deleted chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus some other behind-the-scenes tidbits about Roald Dahl’s life.

The deleted chapter stars Miranda, who Dahl described as “a horrid little girl who was disgustingly rude to her parents and also thoroughly disobedient.” That’s all I know because I haven’t read the book yet. But I definitely plan to! Especially because this month kicks off a Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon:

September is Roald Dahl Month (his birthday was September 13th), and to celebrate, the folks over at the official Roald Dahl website are running a challenge for book-lovers. Read three of Dahl’s books by the end of December, and you could win a free book or even a Dahlathon medal! Unfortunately, I’m a bit too old to participate (I mean, I’m totally interested, but apparently I’m an adult or something). But you should definitely check it out!

And leave me a comment if you plan to participate. I wanna hear which three books you’re going to read!

— Karen

Karen was a mostly well-behaved kid. Although according to her mother, once the two of them had a stand-off over a crumpled piece of tissue that Karen threw on the floor and refused to pick up. Guess who won in the end. (Mom.)

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