Monday, 2 May 2016

MPOV: D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the world of Roald Dahl

Did you know that Roald Dahl loved chocolate, but never ate spaghetti? Or that he was a terrible speller? Or that he had four sisters? D is for Dahl is an A to Z collection of facts, trivia, and zany details that bring Roald Dahl and his memorable characters to life.

Filled with Quentin Blake's illustrations plus black and white photos, each spread is exploding with information about the creator of Willie Wonka, James, and Matilda; from his family tree to the exact type of pencil he used to write his stories. Perfect for devoted fans and Dahl newcomers alike, this is a glorimptious guide to the world of Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) wrote many beloved and award-winning books for children, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Truth be told, I've never read a Roald Dahl's childrens book before. Only a short story, Lamb to the Slaughter, which I find incredulous and a genius! His technical prose is truly effective which was why he's won many awards!

This is a very inspiring read with many insights on his creative juices. I am definitely getting loads of tips on writing a good and engaging book yet being entertained by the true facts that was Roald Dahl. Even his memoir truly reflected him... engaging from the start to the end. Loving the unique compilation instead of the usual, boring biography style.

Some interesting facts:
1. Roald's favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances HodgsonBurnett, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome and Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat.
2. He actually co-wrote some James Bond screenplay back then i.e. You Only Live Twice. He's also chummy with Ian Flemming, author of James Bond.
3. He loved food so there are some recipes and foodie ideas i.e. Creamy Kit Kat Pudding and Hot-house Eggs
4. Like any other British, he played snooker!
5. He's also friends with Ernest Hemmingway!
6. He loved his vegetables, apart from chocolate, good lad!

The one thing I noticed, his brain never stopped working. When he's not writing, he loved inventing things and recipes. He's always finding things to do and kept himself busy plus fit and healthy. I honestly respected him, his ways, his ideas. He's definitely a good role model. So I think I need to find me a notebook too to start jotting down my ideas!

A very inspiring and humble read. This definitely sparks joy for me!

Goodreads rating: 4.04
My rating: 5/5

Compiled by Wendy Cooling, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Genre: non-fiction, biography, memoir

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