When asked to think about the most popular and best-loved children’s authors, three names come to mind: Enid Blyton, J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl. Speak to anyone about children’s books and I am confident that all of them will be familiar with a Roald Dahl story, whether that’s the original source material or a film adaptation.
Today, on the anniversary of Dahl’s birth, we celebrate his life and work. The wonderful human beans at Puffin Books sent me some review copies to mark the occasion.
Roald Dahl Day 2018 focuses largely on Dahl’s first children’s book, James and the Giant Peach. Last week, the Natural History Museum hosted a family festival, James and the Giant Weekend, and Forestry England have put together a James and the Giant Peach Forest Adventure Kit. There are loads of fun ways to get children reading and exploring.
This year, Puffin Books released a limited edition of James and the Giant Peach, with new cover illustration and additional fuzzy stickers. If you’re a fellow bookworm, get your mitts on one soon. Or maybe two – one to use and one to save. I’m having a hard time resisting using the fun, fuzzy stickers. I must hide it from Jenson!
James’ Giant Bug Book is perfect for Jenson. He loves being outdoors and it is packed with ideas for learning and exploring through the autumn. It introduces readers to the characters from the book, gives a bit more factual info and then features some prompts on how to get to know them in the wild. There are outdoor projects, such as creating a bug hotel, as well as some indoor craft ideas for rainy days.
We looked through the book together before heading out for a bug walk to see what we could spot in the wild.
It was quite a dry but cloudy day, so we weren’t able to tick off a lot. I think we’ll have to make a bug hotel in Nanny’s garden and see who comes to stay.
Whether you’re dressing up for school, visiting the museum, or simply re-reading your favourite book, I hope you have a splendiferous day.
*I was sent a copy of these books for review purposes and all thoughts are my own
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