Celebrating Roald Dahl Day

Today is the 100 year anniversary of the birth of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl and it is Roald Dahl Day in his honour. We have a special fondness for him here in Cardiff, of course, as it is his birthplace (Llandaff).

Ieuan as Willy Wonka

Our local schools are celebrating by allowing the kids to go as their favourite Dahl character and even the staff are getting into the act.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

So which Roald Dahl character would you be?

Willy Wonka – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Miss Trunchbull – Matilda
The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant
The Twits
Mr Fox – Fantastic Mr Fox?

Caitlin as Matilda

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” – Matilda

For me, the outright winners are the Oompa Loompas and possibly Mike TV, a great warning to our screen-obsessed kids that there are consequences to too much TV watching.

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall…”
– The Oompa Loompas

A sentiment which should surely be echoed around all our schools today.


  1. Theresa THomas
    16 September, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    My Son dressed as Willy Wonka for world book day, its a great way to encourage kids toward reading

  2. Tanya
    2 July, 2019 / 8:04 am

    I love Roald Dahl!

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