Roald Dahl 100th Celebratory Blog Tour and Giveaway!


I am so excited to be part of the Roald Dahl month blog tour to celebrate such a monumental occasion! 100 years ago, Roald Dahl, creator of childhood memories, was born! Roald Dahl literally was my childhood. He helped me become the reader I am today, and I am so excited to be able to celebrate him because of that.

In honor of this momentous occasion, Penguin Random House is publishing his literary classics with new, gorgeous covers.


Below is an excerpt from one of my favorites of his, The Twits! As to be expected, it's full of fun!

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Mrs. Twit
Mrs. Twit was no better than her husband.
She did not, of course, have a hairy face. It was a pity she didn’t because that, at any rate, would have hidden some of her fearful ugliness.
Take a look at her.
Have you ever seen a with an uglier face than that? I doubt it.
But the funny thing is that Mrs. Twit wasn’t born ugly. She’d had quite a nice face when she was young. The ugliness had grown upon her year by year as she got older.
Why would this happen? I’ll tell you why.
If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly that you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever 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.
Nothing good shone out of Mrs. Twit’s face.
In her right hand she carried a walking stick. She used to tell people that this was because she had warts growing on the sole of her left foot and walking was painful. But the real reason she carried a stick was so that she could hit things with it, things like dogs and cats and small children.
And then there was the glass eye. Mrs. Twit had a glass eye that was always looking the other way.
The Glass Eye
You can play a lot of tricks with a glass eye because you can take it out and pop it back in again any time you like. You can bet your life Mrs. Twit knew all the tricks.
One morning she took out her glass eye and dropped it into Mr. Twit’s mug of beer when he wasn’t looking.
Mr. Twit sat there drinking the beer slowly. The froth made a white ring on the hairs around his mouth.  He wiped the white froth on to his sleeve and wiped on his trousers.
“You’re plotting something,” Mrs. Twit said, keeping her back turned so he wouldn’t see that she took out her glass eye. “Whenever you go all quiet like that I know very well you’re plotting something.”
Mrs. Twit was right. Mr. Twit was plotting away like mad. He was trying to think up a really nasty trick he could play on his wife that day.
“You’d better be careful,” Mrs. Twit said, “because when I see you starting to plot, I watch you like a wombat.”
“Oh, do shut up, you old hag,” Mr. Twit said. He went on drinking his beer, and his evil mind kept working away on the latest horrid trick he was going to play on the old woman.
Suddenly, as Mr. Twit tipped the last drop of his beer down his throat, he caught sight of Mrs. Twit’s awful glass eye staring up at him from the bottom of the mug. It made him jump.
“I told you I was watching you,” cackled Mrs. Twit. “I’ve got eyes everywhere so you’d better be careful.”

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Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. In 1951, Roald Dahl met his future wife, the American actress Patricia Neal, who starred in films including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Hud, for which she won an Oscar. After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 and wrote two of his best-known novels, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the U.S.

In September 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published initially in the U.S. with the U.K. following a few years later. It would go on to become one of the most famous and best-known of Roald's stories. The idea for the story grew out of his own well-documented love of chocolate and his school-day memories of acting as a taster for a famous chocolate factory. These first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and have sold more than 200 million books. With more than 40 million Roald Dahl books in print in the U.S. alone, Dahl is considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time and his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

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Copyright © Roald Dahl, reprinted with permission from Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. 

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~*~The Tour~*~
 
September 5 Peace Loves Books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 - The Compulsive Reader - Danny, The Champion of the World Review 
September 5 - The Starry Eyed Revue - James and The Giant Peach Review
September 6 - Ex Libris Kate - The Witches Review
September 6 - Cracking The Cover - The Magic Finger Feature - Short Review and History 
September 6 - Lost In Lit - The Witches Feature - Revisiting The Witches as an adult 
September 7 - Cozy Reading Corner - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt 
September 7 - The Plot Bunny - The Magic Finger Review 
September 7 - Lilli's Reflections - The Twits Excerpt 
September 8 The Irish Banana - Matilda Review 
September 8 Ticket To Anywhere - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 8 Cuddlebuggery - Quentin Blake's Illustrations of Roald Dahl's Books Feature
September 8 Beth Fish Reads - Going Solo Review 
September 9 -  Ravenous Reader - The BFG Excerpt 
September 9 Paper Cuts - The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt 
September 9 The Lovely Books - The Witches Excerpt 
September 9 A Glass of Wine - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 10 Novel Novice - George's Marvelous Medicine Excerpt 
September 10 YA Bibliophile - Fantastic Mr. Fox Review
September 10 Watercolor Moods - The Magic Finger Feature - Collage
September 11Jessabella Reads - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review 
September 11Who R U Blog - Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature - Trivia
September 12 Belle of the Library - The Twits Review 
September 12 Book Mania Life - George's Marvelous Medicine Review 
September 12 The Book Swarm - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt 
September 12 Book Belles - James and the Giant Peach Feature - Book to Movie
September 13- Roald's birthday! - Brittany's Book Rambles - Matilda Excerpt 
September 13 - Roald's birthday! - Mundie Kids - The BFG Review
September 13 - Roald's birthday! - Read Now Sleep Later - Boy Excerpt
September 13 - Roald's birthday - Consumed By Books - Matilda Excerpt 
September 13 - Roald's birthday - I Am A Reader - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt 
September 13 The Novel Life Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature
September 13 - The Book Rat - Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14 Belle's Bash - The BFG Excerpt
September 14 WinterHaven Books - Esio Trot Excerpt 
September 14 A Book and A Latte - The Magic Finger Excerpt
September 14 Hello Chelly - Matilda Feature - BookBags
September 14 Loving Dem Books - Youtube Feature
September 15 Writing My Own Fairy-Tale - George's Marvelous Medicine Review 
September 15 The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review
September 15 Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Esio Trot Review
September 15 Coffee, Books and Me - Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl's Books
September 16 Undeniably Book Nerdy - Boy Review 
September 16 - Supernatural Snark - James and the Giant Peach Review 
September 16 My Friend Amy - Going Solo Excerpt 
September 16 The Quiet Concert - Danny, the Champion of the World Review 
September 17 Book Briefs - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 
September 17 Andi's ABCs - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature - ABCs
September 17 Just Another Rabid Reader - The Magic Finger Review 
September 17 Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia - Roald Dahl Feature - Food Feature
September 18 Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Matilda Feature - Reading With Dad
September 18 Addicted 2 Novels - Esio Trot Review 
September 18 Pure Imagination - Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt 
September 18 Green Bean Teen Queen What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature
September 19 Bookiemoji - The Witches Excerpt 
September 19 Shooting Stars Blog - Roald Dahl Feature - Etsy Products
September 19 -  Alexa Loves Books - Matilda Feature - Style Files
September 19 Nightly Reading - Matilda Review
 

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