I know it might be cliche to talk about how reading makes you into the person that you become but I don’t care. When I think about Roald Dahl and his books, I know it’s true. I was a big reader growing up, often a secret, sneaking reader. I would stay awake deep into the night reading. At slumber parties and sleepovers, sometimes I would sneak off after everyone was asleep to read in the bathroom. I would do that home too, if my flashlight ran out of batteries. I grew my imagination with the help of minds like Roald Dahl. I saw everything I read, lived it, cried and laughed and became livid throughout it. I was less afraid of life because all the weak, small, sad or dismissed kids in Roald Dahl’s books won in the end. They would get away, conquer their enemies or be rewarded for their hard times. They came from places of pain, poverty, sadness or neglect and were whisked off into some kind of adventure or greatness. Life with a bit of a twist of impossibility — with a little bit of darkly humored justice.
Today and this weekend you can go out and celebrate the 100 year birthday of Roald Dahl. Catch movies made from and inspired by his words at the Roald Dahl Film Festival, or bring your kids to Voodoo Doughnuts in costume to listen to his stories and score free doughnuts. There aren’t nearly enough celebrations to suit my taste, at least not in Portland. Thats why the people from Roald Dahl’s website are offering anyone and everyone a free party pack so you can celebrate the stories and adventures at home or with friends. Throw your own Roald Dahl party or use the party pack to get yourself ready for one of the local events taking place here. If you dig around on the website you might find the same quiz I took and finally find out which Roald Dahl character you are (I got Willy Wonka!).