Drawing Mr Twit

Today I actually had a few minutes spare so did a very quick drawing of how I imagine Mr Twit. I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to do it… So here it is…

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Above is the doodle and below I gave it a bit of colour.

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I don’t have a scanner so I had to take photos. The lighting is also terrible.  If I get chance I would like to do a few more drawings as this is just the first.  So you never know I may get the opportunity to do some more drawing this month, however things do keep cropping up.

I hope you like it? Can you tell it is Mr Twit?

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It’s #Dahlicious

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.” So, states one of the worlds best selling authors of children’s – Roald Dahl.

R O A L D   D A H L   D A Y

Today is Roald Dahl Day. The great man himself would have been 101 years of age today. As well as being a world famous author did you know that Roald Dahl was also fighter pilot, and a spy?

During the WW2 Roald Dahl was enlisted into the Royal Air Force aged 23 years. However, in 1940 Roald Dahl’s plane crashed in the desert leaving him with injuries to his nose, back and head. Six months later after recovering from his injuries Roald returned to the action. A little later on Roald also provided intelligence to MI6.

Roald Dahl was certainly a man of many talents but the one that attracted the most adoration of course was his writing.

Roald Dahls books are full of little gems of wisdom.

One of my favourite quotes are from the book Matilda. This quote is probably not unique to Matilda or even to Roald Dahl but it is an observation on life which is very true. Especially if you are interested in becoming a writer.

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DAHLICIOUS

Part of Roald Dahl Day is “Dahlicious” Dress Up Day. This is the opportunity to dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl Hero.  The money raised from this event goes to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.  Sadly I have not had the opportunity to dress up today but I am going to make a donation. It is such a fantastic charity. The Charity provides nurses for children with serious illnesses.

If you want to make a donation  <<Click here for the Official Website>>  

Now if I had of dressed up today who would I have dressed up as??? There are so many wonderful characters to chose from.

I think I would have to dress up as “Willy Wonka”… besides being attracted to the purple jacket and top hat, I would to own a chocolate factory.

Who would you choose?

101 List Quick Update #Item59

Just a quick update concerning the 101 Things in 1001 Days List. I have completed an item at last and here is a photo to prove it.

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#59 – Fill the Photo Frame in My Bedroom – September 2017

I brought this about 4 years ago and since then it has been hanging on my wall photo-less. One of the problems was that I never had any photos that I wanted to put in there. However, going to Walt Disney World solved that problem last year as you can see, mainly holiday photos. I also have a photo of my daughter heading off on her first day to college, our dolphin swim at Discovery Cove and my brothers dog Tommy, who he has had since he was a puppy.

What do you think?

To view my 101 Things in 1001 Days List <<Click Here>>

Billy and the Minpins #RoaldDahl

26 years after the death of one of our most beloved authors Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake has illustrated Dahl’s last book to be published. I read about this project a few months back and have been really looking forward to seeing the illustrations. Today I saw some of the illustrations for the first time.

Quentin Blake Minpins

It just feels right to have Quentin Blake illustrating one of Roald Dahl’s books. Originally the book was released with illustrations from Patrick Benson in 1991, just a few months after Roald Dahl’s death as The Minpins.

I love Patrick Benson’s illustrations, though I have never read The Minpin’s, I have seen a lot of Benson’s other work. I love book illustrations and I prioritise Art Exhibitions that feature them so I have seen some of his original pieces of work. I have not got any photo’s however so I have been on Google to find an example of his work of the Minpins.

Patrick Benson Minpins

Above is a one of Patrick Benson’s Minpin’s illustrations. It is so beautiful. I love the way his illustrations feel unworldly, I get lost in them. Below is an example of work from both illustrators for The Minpins or Billy and the Minpins as it is now known.

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As you can see both illustrations are fantastic. However if  you were unaware it was the same book and I was to ask you which is the Roald Dahl book? Even if the illustrators names weren’t present. You would automatically choose Quentin Blake’s illustration. Quentin Blake is just synonymous with Roald Dahl.

The Minpins (Billy and the Minpins) is the least known of Roald Dahls works. I am hoping to get a copy of this little gem soon.

NEWS FLASH #RoaldDahlDAY (not today)

The 13 September 2017 is Roald Dahl Day.

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I just have to let you know that on the 13 September 2017 if you use the #hashtag – #RoaldDahlDay on TWITTER a special Wonka Inspired Emoji will appear in your tweet.

I read this information on the Roald Dahl Website, on a blog post entitled 11 Ways to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day <<<Click Here To Read>>> and I was so excited I just had to share.  You can guarantee I will be tweeting something on the 13 September 2017.

What will you do for Roald Dahl Day?

 

Roald’s World of Books

On Monday night I updated my GoodReads account with all the Roald Dahl books I have read over the past couple of months. I left it so I could add the reviews during my Roald Dahl Month. I have tried not to read all of his books so I have something left to review next year.

I have read some of these books previously when I was a child and it has been nice revisiting them. I not revisiting or planning on reading Roald Dahl’s entire collection, these are just the ones I have chosen to read.

Here is list of Roald Dahl Books I have read so far… 

  • Esio Trott
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • James and The Giant Peach
  • The Twits
  • Danny Champion of the World
  • The BFG
  • Revolting Rhymes
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • The Roald Dahl Treasury (Not really a story but a great book)
  • Boy : Tales of Childhood

Still too Read… 

  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator
  • The Minpins
  • Going Solo
  • Tales of the Unexpected

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book??

Esio Trot

E S I O   T R O T 

Roald Dahl 

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Rating : 5/5

The Blurb : Mr Hoppy is in love with Mrs Silver. But she only has eyes for Alfie, her pet tortoise. How can Mr Hoppy ever compete with such a rival? He comes up with a plan to win his lady’s love, but will he succeed? What’s to become of Alfie?

My Review : 

Mr Hopper is a very shy, retired gentleman who has two great loves in his life, his plants and Mrs Silver, a lovely lady who lives in the apartment below him. All Mr Hopper desires is for Mrs Silver to return his love however all Mrs Silvers is showered on her pet tortoise, Alfie.

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Mrs Silver is overly concerned with her pet tortoise and has a little house for her pet on her balcony. One day she expresses to Mr Hopper that she would like Alfie to grow a little bigger. Mr Hopper sees an opportunity and gives Mrs Silver a piece of paper with a spell on it that makes Tortoises grow bigger.   Mr Hopper however then makes the tortoise grabber and buys a number of tortoises of various sizes. Will Mr Hoppers plan work? Can he really make Mrs Silver fall for his charms by means of ancient Tortoise Spell?

This was one of the last books to be published in Roald Dahl’s lifetime. It is a lovely gentle little tale and a very easy read. It is a delightful story suitable for readers of all ages, however if you are expecting it to be like Roald Dalhs previous stories involving revolting relatives or marvellous magical events you will be a little disappointed.