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Published: 19/09/2016   Last Updated: 19/09/2016  
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This week we have been celebrating 100 years of the life and works of the prolific author, screen writer and poet, Roald Dahl who was born on the 13 September 1916. Throughout 2016 the whole nation has been taking part in the celebration of this much loved author, who has produced some of the most popular children’s stories to date, including Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. His books have sold more than 250 million world wide

To celebrate his centenary there have been plays, puzzles and reading challenges across the UK.  In Chertsey they show cased the world’s biggest dot-to-dot puzzle, at a height of 40ft by 80ft wide it was projected onto the side of Botley Mansion in August. The image created by Puzzler media was of Roald Dahl’s classic BFG.

Throughout the summer the Garsons Farm Shop in Esher held a number of story telling sessions to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday, which included the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and the Fantastic Mr Fox.

Disney also celebrated 100 years of Dahl by releasing a feature-film based on the BFB, Big Friendly Giant written in 1982. The book received various awards and recognition including the 1985 German award the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, in 2003 it was also ranked number 56 in the Big Read, as well as several others.

One of the most incredible things about Dahl’s stories is that they never seem to date, with one generation after the next enjoying them just as much as the first. Dahl showed an incredible understanding of how the human mind works, and unlike some of the other children’s authors over the centuries not shying away from portraying some of the more nitty gritty parts of everyday life and human weakness.  Here is one of his famous quotes: “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else…Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it. “
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