Beloved children’s author of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Boy, The Twits, BFG, Matilda, The Witches, and Esio Trot (to name a few), Roald Dahl has been capturing reader’s hearts both young and old. As an educator for over 17 years, his literature has always been my go-to choice to inspire third graders, especially with their captivating plots, made-up words, and inferential life lessons. Born in the United Kingdom in 1916, Roald Dahl did not start out as a children’s writer, but his life included many roles like being a spy in Washington, DC in the 1940’s and a pilot in World War II.
In honor of this writing genius, Roald Dahl Day will be celebrated all over the United States with phizzwhizzing parties hosted by whoopsy whiffling eateries, libraries, bookstores, zoos, and gardens. As part of Wundercrump Weekend–the nationwide party taking place the weekend after Roald Dahl’s bday celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl, Los Angeles helps you honor the creative storyteller with some gloriumptious events. Also, you can even download a party pack with everything you need to hold your own hootenanny.
Knuckle & Claw – 2715 Main St, Santa Monica, CA – Sunday, Sept. 18 – 3-5PM
Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, Chloe, shares his passion for food and has two restaurants with her partner. Chloe’s mother and Roald Dahl’s daughter, Lucy, will be reading with Sherri Smith (Flygirl) and Keith Campbell (Flora and Ulysses), along with activities, games, and a filming of a Cupcake Wars episode.
Milk Jar Cookies – 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 – Sunday, Sept. 18 – 12-5PM
This delightfully homey gourmet cookie shop will be transformed into a party space complete with face painting, a magician, a poet, and Roald Dahl-inspired crafts and activities!
The Pie Hole Los Angeles and Coolhaus – 59 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA – Saturday, Sept. 17 12-4PM
Two of LA’s most popular dessert companies are joining forces for Wondercrump Weekend. The party will feature their Dahlicious Delights treats, a dress up competition for children, crafts, and readings by Aditi Khorana (Mirror in the Sky) and Romina Russell (Zodiac series).
Check out these 100 events around the world. #RoaldDahl100
A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. – Roald Dahl