16.09.2016 Celebrating the magic of Roald Dahl

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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

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Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Character:

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

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Book: The Witches

Character:

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

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Book: Esio Trot

Character:

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

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Book: Matilda

Character:

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

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Book: Matilda

Character:

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

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Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Character:

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.

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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.