By Rebecca Reed
They say “never judge a book by its cover”, and while this may be true, there are those among us that will always look at the illustrations of a children’s book before even reading the blurb. We’ve handpicked a selection of our favourite illustrators and the books which showcase their most magnificent illustrations. In a lot of cases, its the perfect illustrations that make the books truly timeless.
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I can still remember clearly the sense of possibility I felt when Gene Wilder looked at me and asked me to come with him, to follow his lead, in to a world of pure imagination. The song, based on the poem by Roald Dahl, encapsulates what made Dahl’s writing, his genius, truly special, and so valuable to children, and to me. It speaks of a world where anything is possible, where you’re free to be who you are and achieve whatever it is you want:
“Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it”
I was a huge Roald Dahl fan as a kid, and still am. Whilst “Pure Imagination” spells it out, for me it was the sheer creative brilliance, the boundless detail of his imagination, and the humanity with which he realised his vision, via humour and relatable characters, that really conveyed a world where magic was a matter of fact. Where anything was possible. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book filled with wonders, from the Oompa Loompas to the Great Glass Elevator. A river of chocolate! Fizzy lifting drink! Chocolate via TV! All enabled by none other than Willy Wonka, who I can only see as the author’s surrogate- leading you, the reader, through his magical, marvelous, chocolate factory.
His other books achieved the same thing for me: The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and, of course, Fantastic Mr Fox. They all share the themes of capturing the reader with a comical, down to earth tone, a relatable main character and then, of course, a truly magical, marvelous journey (not to mention getting one up on mean adults!). His books are filled with fantastical devices: witches with no toes, a fox with unsurpassed cunning or a lift that can go anywhere in space! All of this goes alongside his great characterisation that has created some truly hateable adversaries. Ms Trunchable, the Twits, the Witches, the Knids. His great skill at describing (in almost nonsensical adjectives) such original creations, made them seem so real, and in so doing, made the unbelievable seem entirely achieveable.
“There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be”
In loving memory of Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016)
Happy Roald Dahl Day Human Beans!
Today is a day we look forward to every year without fail, as it gives us the perfect excuse to shout about one of our all-time favourite authors, Roald Dahl.
And today marks 100 years of the wonderful man himself. What better way to celebrate than with an opportunity to win a phizz-whizzing prize?
We’re on a mission to find out which Roald Dahl character is loved the most by our World of Books customers, so tell us who your favourite is and why – for your chance to win two tickets to the matinee performance Matilda the Musical on 3rd December 2016.
You can tell us who your favourite character is and why in any of the following ways:
Good luck to you all! We look forward to reading your gloriumptious entries.
Please only enter if you’re able to attend on that day as tickets are not transferable. Also make sure you have a read of the fine print below.
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1. Eligibility for Participation: The Contest is only open to individuals (referred to as “Participants”) Participants must be (i) a resident of the United Kingdom and (ii) over 18 years of age. Participants will only be entered into the contest once and are only allowed to win a prize of two tickets to see Matilda the Musical. World of Books employees and their immediate family are not permitted to enter the Prize Draw.
2. Access to Contest: The Participants enter the Contest by telling us, who their favourite Roald Dahl character is and why. Entries can be made on the World of Books Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/World-of-Books-182386701802396) Twitter (https://twitter.com/WorldofBooksltd – these entries must include @worldofbooksltd) and blog (http://blog.worldofbooks.com/) pages as well as emailed to email@example.com. A purchase or transaction is not required to participate or win. World of Books does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent through agents or third parties. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Any entries made by a person found to be using multiple Facebook/email accounts to enter the Prize Draws will be ineligible. Entries must be made by 23.59 GMT on 18/09/2016.
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4. The Prize: 2 x tickets to see Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London on 3rd Dec ‘16. This prize cannot be transferred, exchanged and no cash alternative is available. The Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-negotiable. The prize does not include travel or accommodation. There are no cash alternatives and the promoter’s decision is final. World of Books reserves the right to amend the prize or offer an alternative of equal or greater value.
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You might have noticed that recently we’ve been talking a lot about Roald Dahl. We’re big fans of him here at World of Books. And it just so happens that this year marks 100 years of Roald Dahl, so there’s no better time to honour one of our all-time favourite children’s book authors.
Asking around the office of World of Books HQ, we’ve been collecting the best quotes from his books and we’ve compiled them here for your perusal.
Written by Rebecca Reed – Customer Services Executive
As a child “The Twits” was one of my favourites. The simplicity, the writing style and the storyline stand out for me. I enjoyed the illustrations and found the book easier to follow than some of the other Roald Dahl books.