The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda…the title of these stories alone stir the heart and bring a smile to many of us. Indeed, the list of well loved children’s stories by the genius writer Roald Dahl is a long and mightily impressive one.
Born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents, Dahl’s (1916-1990) works have sold over 200 million copies throughout the world and are among the best known children’s novels and short stories anywhere. With the capacity to create modern fairy tales and beautifully poetic and archly mischievous stories, Dahl had an enduring curiosity for prying into the things that tug at every corner of our psyches. He also wrote more adult themed satirical and mystery works, but it is the children’s stories that have really stood the test of time.
An important part of the success and enduring appeal of Roald Dahl’s works are the illustrations by Quentin Blake. Often appearing on the covers of published works and within the pages themselves, Blake’s playful and energetic take on Dahl’s words and characters instantly capture the bizarre worlds dreamed up by the master wordsmith.
Such a fantastic imagination and artistic skill is something that always attracts attention. Even better news is that the power of Dahl and Blake can now traverse the page and find a place in homes in completely different settings. Everything from mugs, cushions and even bedding sets can be found with a smart Dahl inspired design. Have a look at Dotmaison’s collection of Roald Dahl products to really get to grips with the smart and funny world of Roald Dahl…
Robert Monk March 10th, 2016