Tag: Willem Dafoe

Fun ideas for celebrating Roald Dahl Day

Hoorah! Roald Dahl Day is nearly here!

A fantabulous, splendiferous author of children’s stories, Roald Dahl has captured the imagination of millions of children world wide, spanning multiple generations of readers. On 13 September (Roald Dahl’s birthday), we celebrate his legacy: the works of this world-famous children’s author and the great man himself.

Roald Dahl Day


If you have little ones who are reading Roald Dahl books now (or if you have a soft spot for the world’s greatest storyteller), you may want to find out what things there are to do to celebrate Roald Dahl Day? Well, we have some phizz-whizzing ideas to get you started…

1. Read a book by Roald Dahl… of course!

This suggestion kind of goes without saying. With 15 books to his name that are recognised as children’s classics (he has far more, of course), pick up yourself one of Roald Dahl’s books and read it to yourself or your little ones. With famous tales including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Matilda and Fantastic Mr. Fox – along with the more grown-up rhymes for older children, stories and autobiographical writings – there is something in Roald Dahl’s jumpsquiffling gloriumptious collection of books for everyone.

Matilda | Roald Dahl | The Book People

2. Turn yourself (or your kiddle) into an Oompa-Loompa

A little orange face paint; a nice green wig – voila! You could even make some Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate treats for yourselves. Popping candy is a great addition to your simple, homemade rice crispy cakes to give them a great big dose of the Wonka-factor! Also, for making tasty treats it is important to make sure they have tremendous crodscollop – an absolutely great flavour! You can even visit the Puffin Books YouTube channel, where you’ll find a smorgasbord of Wonka-inspired treats from some of the nation’s top chefs.

Oompa-Loompa | Roald Dahl | The Book People

3. Pay a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum

What better way to celebrate the books of Roald Dahl than to visit the award-winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire? Create your own Wonka Bar, discover jumpsquiffling facts about your favourite Roald Dahl characters, take a guided tour of the village with your very own Oompa-Loompa or Mr. Willy Wonka himself and learn all about Gobblefunk: Roald Dahl’s own language (which you may have noticed we have tried to embrace within this post). Roald Dahl day is the perfect time to learn all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl Museum | The Book People

4. Vote for your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover on Facebook

Celebrating 50 years since its first publication, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has seen many different covers in its time, including the best-loved covers of his principal illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. On the Roald Dahl Facebook page this week, you can vote for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory edition that you own for your chance to win a copy of the classic children’s book signed by Quentin Blake and Joseph Schindelman: the first person to illustrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can cast your vote here: http://po.st/YourCharlieCover. *Winners will be chosen on Roald Dahl Day and posted by the official Roald Dahl Facebook page.

*The Book People is in no way affiliated with this competition and its associated prizes.

Roald Dahl Facebook | The Book People

5. Catch a West End show

Demand is high for tickets, but if you book in enough time you’ll be able to engross yourself in the theatrical majesty of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda: The Musical in London’s West End. Both absolutely delightful, and the later produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with music from the wonderful Tim Minchin, either would prove to be a real treat for yourself and the kiddies on Roald Dahl Day.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | London West End

6. Watch a Roald Dahl-inspired film

There are lots of really good films inspired by Roald Dahl books and if you haven’t seen any of them before we’d certainly recommend it – even if the books are better. Our personal favourite would have to be Matilda, which is directed by and stars Danny DeVito as Matilda’s less-than-lovely father Mr. Wormwood. There are also the two – yes, TWO – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory films that you can enjoy (the second of which is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka), along with The Witches, an animated version of The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and the Wes Anderson-directed Fantastic Mr. Fox (which stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson). Hours and hours of Roald Dahl Day entertainment!

Matilda | Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito

Hopefully this will provide you with some ideas for how to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Remember to tag @thebookpeople with any photos showing you and your children enjoying the day on Twitter or Instagram – or post them along with any questions or ideas for other parents to our Facebook page.

The Book People on YouTube – The Fault in Our Stars review

The adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars is set to hit cinemas this weekend and after supporting the book since its publication in 2012, all of us at the Book People cannot wait to see it on the big screen. The story of two teenage cancer sufferers – Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters – who fall in love against the odds, the book had us sobbing throughout and it seems like the movie will have us reaching for those tissues once more.

Currently the number one film in the United States, our resident BookTuber Sophie was lucky enough to see a fan screening last week. Did the film live up to her expectations? Has she finished crying yet? How were the cast, which includes Divergent’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, veteran Willem Dafoe, Jurassic Park’s Laura Dern and hotly tipped Nat Wolff? Watch the video above to find out Sophie’s thoughts.


The Fault in Our Stars book


Sophie also talks about two books from Faber & Faber that are on her reading list – Erin Lange’s Dead Ends and Butter. Compared in style to John Green and Wonder author R. J. Palacio, these are poignant books about challenging and important subjects that will leave their mark…

Keep up to date with the Book People’s YouTube channel for more new, views, reviews and insider information.

Buy The Fault in Our Stars from the Book People for just £3.99 – a saving of £4 off the RRP!

Super reads and sets of activities starring superheroes…

All children (and even a large number of adults) love the world of Marvel and DC comics, and with the recent flurry of superhero movies sparking the imagination of a new generation of superhero fans, the world of comic books can only get bigger.

Superheroes have been a part of popular culture since the early 1930s, where they adorned the pages of millions of juxtaposed panels the world over. Moving into the 1960s, superheroes began to make their way onto out television screens, namely in the form of Adam West’s take on the popular Batman character. Recently, superheroes have been huge on the silver screen. Beginning with the Christopher Reeve Superman series in the late 1970s, and followed by Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight himself, superhero movies became box office gold. 1992’s Batman Returns followed with Keaton reprising his role as Batman, and the ensemble cast adding the talents of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to the bill – again, a huge box office success. A few less-popular Batman films followed and all was quiet on the superhero front for a few years.

Enter Spiderman. Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirtsen Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, was a huge box office success. The success of Spiderman was followed up by a number of other superhero motion pictures, including the re-imagination of Batman by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy featuring Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portray of the Joker in The Dark Knight; the arrival of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers (and their own independent movies); and a new introduction to an alternative Spiderman universe in The Amazing Spiderman, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – with its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, due for cinema release later today.

We at the Book People love superheroes, and we love the twisting plots that mirror those of our favourite fables and stories. Why not take at our super-b selection of superhero titles and treat someone (or yourself – don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) to an out-of-this-world adventure.

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero


Marvel Activity Set – 5 Books

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Superman Sticker Set - 2 Books | The Book People

Superman Sticker Set – 2 Books

Superhero Sticker Set - 8 Books

Superhero Sticker Set – 8 Books

  • Recent Comments

    • Copyright © 2015 The Book People blog. All rights reserved.