Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! Today is our stop on the tour for Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Tour hosted by Irish Banana Tours. We’re excited to share our thoughts on this classic and its author, Roal Dahl, with you today. We’ve even got a review from Meg’s 8-year old, Luca! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page too! Ready to go? Let’s get started:
A little magic can take you a long way.
After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!
What We Loved:
It’s scary to re-read a childhood favorite as an adult. You’re never sure what you will find within the pages that you treasured so much as a child. I’m happy to say that while reading James’ story with my boys I fell in love all over again. It’s quirky, dark, and hilarious— just the way I remember it.
***Mini Swoons Review***
Why hadn’t we read this one before? I really like James and all the bugs. His aunts were HORRIBLE. I think my friends would like this one a lot. Maybe my teacher can read it after she finishes reading The Witches to us. It’s funny, but I don’t thing I’d want to live in a Giant Peach. Maybe I could live in an apple instead. Or a banana.
***About Roald Dahl***
/>Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.
Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach – when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.
The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.
On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.
Good luck and happy swooning!
Check out all the stops on the tour below:
|9/12||Fiction Fare||Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes||www.fictionfare.com|
|9/13||Nicole’s Novel Reads||The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets||http://nicolesnovelreads.blogs
|9/14||Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile||Skin and Other Stories||rantsandravesofabibliophile.wo
|9/15||Intellectual Recreation||Love From Boy||http://www.intellectualrecreat
|9/16||KellyVision||More About Boy||Kellyvision.wordpress.com|
|9/17||One Night Book Stand||Revolting Rhymes||https://onenightbookstandblog.
|9/18||The Quiet Concert||The Minpins||http://thequietconcert.blogspo
|9/19||Reads All the Books||Dirty Beasts||http://www.ReadeAlltheBooks.co
|9/20||Here’s to Happy Endings||The Enormous Crocodile||http://www.herestohappyendings
|9/21||He Said Books or Me||D is for Dahl||Hesaidbooksorme.blogspot.com|
|9/22||Dizneeee’s World of Books||The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More||http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.b
|9/23||The Innocent Smiley||The Vicar of Nibbleswick||www.theinnocentsmiley.com|
|9/25||Emily Reads Everything||Danny, The Champion of the World||Www.emilyreadseverything.com|
|9/26||Writing My Own Fairy Tale||George’s Marvelous Medicine||Http://www.writingmyownfairyta
|9/27||Rebelle Reads||Fantastic Mr. Fox||rebellereads.blogspot.com|
|9/28||Quest Reviews||Going Solo||http://www.questreviews.com|
|9/29||Mundie Kids||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||http://www.mundiekids.blogspot
|9/30||Stuck In Books||Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator||http://stuckinbooks.com|
|10/1||No BS Book Reviews||Matilda||http://nobsbookreviews.com|
|10/3||Forever Bookish||Boy: Tales of Childhood||foreverbookish.com|
|10/4||Miranda’s Book Blog||The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me||https://mirandasbookreviews.bl
|10/5||I Turn the Pages||The BFG||www.iturnthepages.com|
|10/6||The Irish Banana Review||The Witches||http://theirishbanana.blogspot
|10/7||Actin’ Up with Books||The Magic Finger||http://actinupwithbooks.blogsp
|10/8||Swoony Boys Podcast||James and the Giant Peach||http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.c