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Friday 18 November 2016

Review: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

2016 is the year of Roald Dahl — a celebration of his life and books to commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday on 13 September. And The Glorumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl is the best possible gift I can think of to give any fan of Roald Dahl — adult or child.

This is the book that takes you beyond the stories and behind the scenes. The large-format pages are packed full of previously unpublished reproductions of imagined letters, artefacts, posters and editing notes from Dahl himself. These contain his background ideas, trains of thought and the inspirations that helped him to create the stories. It all combines to bring an entirely new perspective to the characters and tales we thought we 'knew'.

Readers can discover Mrs Twit's recipe for Bird Pie, become a giant expert with the BFG's spotter's guide, discover Willy Wonka's golden ticket, or take a look a the Trunchbull's tips for school discipline.

It's a scrapbook of memorabilia with photographs, diagrams and illustrations; flaps to lift and fold out; envelopes to open; and miniature books tucked into the main book.

Hours and hours and hours of fun are contained within these pages. This book is also the perfect excuse to re-read all Dahl's stories and perhaps introduce them to some new fans. Simply gloriumptious!

Title: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl
Author: Stella Caldwell
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Carlton Books, $29.99
Publication Date: September 2016
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781783122158
For ages: 8+
Type: Picture Book, Illustrated Fiction