Chocolate… Honey cake…
We’ll start wtih James and the Giant Peach. It was Roald Dahl’s first classic novel for children!
But I want to eat chocolate first!
Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory appears in James and the Giant Peach so we can have chocolate and peaches too!
The story could have been James and the Giant Cherry! In the orchard at Roald Dahl’s home in the Buckinghamshire countryside, there was a cherry tree. Seeing this tree made him wonder: what if, one day, one of those cherries just kept on and on growing bigger and bigger? From giant cherries Roald Dahl also considered ever-increasing pears and even apples, but eventually settled on a giant peach. A huge magical peach grows in James’ garden, climbing inside, he meets new friends and goes on a wonderful adventure-filled odyssey.
In 1996, an animated film version featuring Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite and Susan Sarandon was released by Disney, who is considering a live-action version of the book.
Mr Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Roald Dahl’s best-known story. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Mr Willy Wonka has become a children’s favourite since it was first published in 1964.
Roald Dahl began working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1961 shortly after finishing James and the Giant Peach, but its origins can be traced all the way back to Roald’s own childhood. In Boy he tells us how, while at school in England, he and his fellow Repton students were engaged as ‘taste testers’ for a chocolate company – something that seems to have started him thinking about chocolate factories and inventing rooms long before Mr Wonka was on the scene. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory also appears briefly in James and the Giant Peach, and his famous Wonka chocolate makes an appearance in The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
The first film adaptation of the book was released in 1971 and Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for the film. In 2005, Tim Burton released his own adaptation of the book, with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. In 2013, the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in London’s West End, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Mr Wonka. The musical will open on Broadway later this year and embark on a UK tour in 2017.
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most inventive, mischievous, and successful storytellers. Many of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories have been adapted for stage and screen.
Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. In 1996, Danny deVito released a dark commedy based on the book (he also played the role of Harry Wormwood). The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical is the winner of over 60 major international awards, including 14 for Best Musical. Matilda is thrilling audiences in London, on Broadway, on tour around the USA, in Canada and in Australia. Little bears will be thrilled soon by the London production 🙂
Roald Dahl Day is marked annually all over the world on Roald Dahl’s birthday, September 13th. This year there are global celebrations for the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.
A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men!