Happy Roald Dahl Day!
Today would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday! There are so many celebrations around the world to mark this event - he really did leave behind a marvellous legacy.
The first Roald Dahl book I remember reading was 'The Magic Finger'. It was an absolute hoot, although, quite dark in places, which I only now realise as an adult. It's themes contained environmentalism and animal cruelty, and I think the protagonist spoke for Roald Dahl, when she says:
"I can't stand hunting. I just can't stand it. It doesn't seem right to me that men and boys should kill animals just for the fun they get out of it".
In the edition that I read, the illustrations were by Pat Marriott, who also worked with other childrens authors including Joan Aiken and Willard Price.
Some of Pat Marriott's work can be seen on Joan Aiken's site here.
Abe Books has some copies of this edition of 'The Magic Finger' here too! Click the book image below to go buy one - you'll love it!
Roald Dahl's legacy lives on in the work carried out by the charity set up in his name. If you'd like to find out more about their good deeds in this weary world, then please click on the button below!
Hope you've enjoyed my little sketch and take, on why Roald Dahl is a hero to authors and illustrators everywhere.
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