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Introduce your kids to someone who hates children
There is a rumour going around that Roald Dahl hated kids.
If he did, it was a love/hate relationship as they loved him.
British Council of Australia Facebook
It is easy to see how that rumour began. Think of some of the inglorious ends his children's characters meet;
Augustus Gloop who falls into a river of chocolate and can't swim;
Mike Teavee, a boy who does nothing but watch TV all day, who ends up trapped inside one - reduced to its diminutive size.
Perhaps it is not that Dahl didn't like kids but rather he preferred well behaved ones. And in this he placed the onus on the parents and their parenting as well as children. Consider his little poem for parents concerning television viewing:
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still, They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch, They leave you free to cook the lunch And wash the dishes in the sink–
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
(From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Ironically just about all his children's books have been turned into some kind of movie or TV show.
Original film poster. Image from Wikipedia
And they are all classics. Wonderful productions in themselves but also for the shrewd parent, great platforms to encourage kids to read these great tales for themselves.
And where kids are too young ,Dahl's books make the best ever bedtime stories; mainly because they are enjoyable for parents as well as children. And children catch your enthusiasm.
His stories are so non-cliche with such unexpected happenings. You can never second guess Dahl because he had such a vivid imagination.
So hopefully this Roald Dahl film season, put on in association with the British Council Australia, will introduce Road Dahl to a new generation of readers.
The films on show include:
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
This is the Gene Wilder version which has lost none of its impact over the years. Sing along with the Oompa-loompas
Sun 1 Sep 2013, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Sun 8 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 14 Sep 2013, 1pm
Sun 15 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 21 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Recommend you take the kids to Max Brenner for a chocolate lick afterwards. These little pots of melted chocolate are only $2.50. Or Suga where you can see huge rolls of sweets being made.
The BFG: Big Friendly Giant
Everyone should have an imaginary friend as big as this one. Did you know that the little girl in the story, Sophie was named after Dahl's granddaughter?
This is my favourite Roald Dahl tale. While not as famous as his others it is one of the most heart-warming stories I ever read to my kids. The film also does justice to this great story. Starring Jeremy Irons.