Happy Roald Dahl Day!
That's right. I learnt, courtesy of Read Alert, that today is Roald Dahl Day (in the UK)! And here I was thinking I'd have difficulty finding a good title for this post.
In a nutshell, if Roald Dahl was still alive, today would have been his 90th birthday. For more quick info on the Charlie and Chocolate Factory author, you can go here or here.
In celebration of this special day his b-day site, among other amusements, invites you to take the Roald Dahl Challenge. It invites you to do the following:
1. Wear something yellow – it was Roald's favourite colour!
2. Wear one or more items of clothing backwards.
3. Drop "gobblefunk"* into your conversations
(the unique language created by Roald and most commonly used by
4. Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend.
5. Talk backwards.
6. Tell a silly joke – Roald loved swapping these with his kids.
7. Play an "unexpected" prank.
8. Give someone a treat – Roald was a great believer in treats, whether it was a bar of chocolate or a lovely surprise.
9. Write your own revolting rhyme.
10. Make up an Oompa Loompa dance and get all your friends to join in!
If you manage to complete the above, there is a certificate you can download to commemorate this monumental achievement.
Read Alert also had a few other amusements to share:
1. How Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should have ended.
2. How the Lord of the Rings should have ended.
In other news, Big A little a has a post listing a few new blogs of interest. Emily Reads caught my eye - she reviews books in Haiku! And The Brookshelf is worth a look too. Gotta love anyone who posts about Mo Willems (football references notwithstanding).
Finally, Gotta Book also has a fun oddaptation of Curious George here.