I know it’s only June (almost July, if you can believe it), but it’s never too early to start planning! Did you know that September is Roald Dahl month? (The author was born on Sept. 13.) To commemorate the month, Penguin Young Readers Group is releasing a slim volume called The Missing Golden Ticket and other Splendiferous Secrets. The book is billed as “the top secret missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but as I flip through the pages, the most interesting content has to do with interesting Dahl-related details.
For example, did you know that the Oompa-Loompas were originally called Whipple-Scrumpets? Or that Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake were friends in addition to collaborators? I love this quote from the author:
It is Quent’s pictures rather than my own written descriptions that have brought to life such characters as the BFG, Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Twit and The Grand High Witch. It is the faces and the bodies he draws that are remembered by children all over the world.
For more Dahl tidbits, you’ll have to wait for the Sept. 2 release of The Missing Golden Ticket and other Splendiferous Secrets. Will you check out the book?
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that BookPage editors are crazy for Dahl. For some of our thoughts on the author, read about a recently-released companion to autobiography Boy or musings on adult novel My Uncle Oswald.