16.09.2016 Celebrating the magic of Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl is one of the world’s most beloved and celebrated children’s authors. To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, and on the eve of Cardiff’s City of the Unexpected event, we’ve picked our favourite of his books, characters and quotes. We also took a quiz to see which character we are most like…


Emma Croke


Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Most like – George


Quote: “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”

Fantastic Mr Fox


Darren Evans


Book: The Witches


Favourite – Matilda

Most like – Matilda


Quote: “My darling,” she said at last, “are you sure you don’t mind being a mouse for the rest of your life?”
“I don’t mind at all,” I said.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you.”

The Witches                                  


Harriet Kings


Book: Esio Trot


Favourite – Mrs Silver (Esio Trot) 


Quote: “Tortoise, Tortoise get bigger, bigger. Come on Tortoise grow up, puff up, shoot up! Spring up, Blow up swell up! Gorge! Guzzle! Stuff! Gulp! Put on fat, Tortoise, Put on fat! get on, Get on! Gobble food!!”


Alice Lally


Book: Matilda


Favourite: Matilda

Most like – Willy Wonka


Quote: “A person who has good thoughts can never be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Twits


Bethan Lewis


Book: Matilda


Favourite – Matilda

Most like – Sophie (BFG)


Quote: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

The very last line of Roald Dahl’s very last story, The Minpins.


Sara Robinson


Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Favourite – Charlie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Most Like – Danny (Danny, Champion of the World)

Quote: “I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true.” Grandpa Joe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


We also picked one of Dahl’s wonderful words as our Word of the Week.



To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, Cardiff is set to be transformed into the City of the Unexpected this weekend; a magical celebration of the spirit of Roald Dahl, created on the streets of the city that made him. For more information click here.