It doesn’t need much of an introduction…
The film version of the book – written by Roald Dahl – was released in 1996. 1996 was also the year of Mission: Impossible and 101 Dalmations which were both in the top ten highest-grossing films of the year.
I remember sitting in my room for ages after watching the film, trying to move pens and pencils and pour myself milk telekinetically (as I’m sure every child did). I sat in numerous lessons praying for a glass of water to tip onto my teacher or to be able to do long division in my head.
Roald Dahl was possibly one of the most influential children’s author of all time. Accompanied by the simple illustrations from Quentin Blake, books and films like Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The Twits became a must-have for every child (and adult!) everywhere.
Sadly, 1990 was the year of Dahl’s death – however he’s still very much a part of people’s lives now as much as he was for 74 years.