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This Is No Way to Practice Medicine: George’s Marvelous Medicine

Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine is dedicated, rather cruelly, to doctors. I say “rather cruelly,” because much of the book is a fierce indictment of modern medicines, which, in Dahl’s...

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A Land of Giants and Dreams: The BFG

Sophie, an orphan, is suffering a major attack of insomnia, brought on, author Roald Dahl suggests, by the magic of moonlight, or perhaps by the fact that she’s living in a dormitory and has lost her...

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Transformation and Death: The Witches

“I don’t mind at all,” I said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you.” After the tragic death of his parents in a car accident when he is only seven, the...

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Precociousness and Telekinesis: Matilda

Matilda, published in 1988, is one of Roald Dahl’s longest and most intricate novels for children. The story of a highly precocious little girl who slowly develops powers of telekinesis, it focuses...

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The Last Excursions into Fantasy: The Minpins and the Vicar of Nibbleswicke

As a kind of final round up of Roald Dahl’s fiction before we get to the movies based on Dahl’s fiction, two short reviews of Dahl’s last works: The Minpins and The Vicar of Nibbleswicke. Reviews...

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When Chocolate Goes Scary: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

As I noted during my post on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, my first viewing of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory left me, how do we put this? Deeply traumatized for life. In...

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Reality, Dream and Animation: James and the Giant Peach

Distressed at previous movie treatments of his books, Roald Dahl refused to allow anyone to film James and the Giant Peach during his lifetime. After his death, however, his widow agreed to sell the...

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Jim Henson and Roald Dahl Present: The Witches

Jim Henson’s last work was done on The Witches, a live-action/puppet adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel. It was, oddly enough, the first and only time these veteran children’s entertainers had...

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Celebrating Girl Power: Matilda

The second movie based on a Roald Dahl novel to be released in 1996 was Matilda. Like the novel, Matilda tells the story of a precocious young girl who, after severe emotional abuse from her parents...

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Another Journey Into Chocolate: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 film)

Despite getting a writer’s credit for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl by all accounts hated the final film, to the point where he was reluctant to allow any of his books to be...

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When I Grow Up: Fantasy Musicals!

It’s hard to separate out the fantasy from the sci-fi in the case of musicals because you already have the added fantastical element of characters breaking into the song with practically zero...

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The Witches 30th Anniversary Edition Sweepstakes!

Out on August 27 from FSG, the 30th anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s The Witches includes an introduction by James Patterson, photographs, reproductions of original manuscript pages, a fascinating...

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The BFG Hears Your Lonely Heart in the Movie’s First Trailer

It may not be 3 a.m., but it is the witching hour, because Disney and Amblin Entertainment have released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, based on the beloved children’s book by Roald...

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5 Funny Books About Very Bad Witches

The best thing about writing about wicked witches is that they can be awful. Delightfully, relentlessly awful. I love stories that treat serious subjects with a dash of humor, and writing about people...

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The Most Important Books We’ve Been Given for Christmas

A book can stay with you forever, and receiving a book unasked that shapes your life so significantly can feel particularly fateful. Below, some of the Tor.com staff reveal books that they’ve received...

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How Fantasy Candy Kingdoms Have Evolved Over 200 Years

Fantasy fiction has a sweet tooth. It seems that worlds full of magic and mayhem need sugar to keep their denizens powered through endless winters, strange adventures, and harrowing school years. We’ve...

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Precociousness and Telekinesis: Rereading Roald Dahl’s Matilda

Matilda, published in 1988, is one of Roald Dahl’s longest and most intricate novels for children. The story of a highly precocious little girl who slowly develops powers of telekinesis, it focuses...

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Five Fantastical Heroines in Great Children’s Books

My first children’s novel, Candy, is out now from Scholastic UK, and forthcoming soon in several European countries. This is as surprising to me as it must be for anyone who realises my last book in...

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Netflix Adapting Roald Dahl Classics Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate...

Netflix is establishing a Roald Dahl cinematic universe of sorts: The streaming service announced today that it will adapt a number of Dahl’s beloved books into “animated event series” starting in...

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8 Fantasy Tales That Indulge Our Sweet Tooth

Fantasy fiction has a sweet tooth. It seems that worlds full of magic and mayhem need sugar to keep their denizens powered through endless winters, strange adventures, and harrowing school years. We’ve...

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