LAST month, cinemas showed The BFG (吹夢的巨人), a film about an girl who makes friends with a dreamcatching giant. It was based on a book written by Roald Dahl. He wrote many bestselling children’s novels including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (朱古力獎門人). His books are funny and imaginative, and read by children all over the world.
Every year, Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September, his birthday, and 2016 marks 100 years since his birth. One of the best things about his books is the weird and wonderful characters he created.
Roald Dahl has his own style of writing; that is why he created many memorable stories. Read his writing tips and see how he used them to create funny characters.
1. Have a lively imagination.
2. You should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind.
3. You must be able to stick to what you are doing and never give up.
4. You will not be happy until you have rewritten the story again and again, making it good.
5. It helps if you have a strong sense of humour.
6. You must be humble about your work.
THE Big Friendly Giant lives in Giant Country and his job is to catch dreams for children. On one visit, he is discovered by Sophie, an orphan. They become friends and she learns about frobscottle, a drink that causes explosive farts. The BFG uses other strange words such as squibbling (writing), and frothbuggling (silly).
IN Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka is a strange but clever, lively and kind man who is “the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!” Five children win golden tickets to visit his chocolate factory – a place with a river made of liquid chocolate and where squirrels
decide if nuts are good or bad. Wonka is helped by the Oompa-Loompas – “tiny” people from Loompaland that has “hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles”.
Mr and Mrs Twit
THEY are a horrible couple from the novel The Twits. Mr Twit has a dirty, smelly beard with leftovers in it including cornflakes, sardines and cheese! When he is hungry he can find food from it. The couple like to play nasty tricks on each other, like when Mrs Twit gave her husband some spaghetti which actually had worms!
IN Fantastic Mr Fox, the farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean want to get rid of clever Mr Fox because he keeps stealing their poultry. They eventually shoot off his tail and trap him and his family inside a foxhole deep in the ground. But Mr Fox is way too clever for them and feeds his hungry family by digging tunnels so that he can continue stealing from the farms.