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It Turns Out, Your Favorite Children's Book Writer Had A Very Dark Taste In Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts

When we reminisce about the late children's book author Roald Dahl, we usually conjure images of giant peaches, chocolate factories and fantastic foxe...

'The Cricket in Times Square': A Manhattan Children's Book Tour

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Peter Mandel

Maybe it's because the authors lived here, but dozens of classic books for kids are set in the center of New York. Crickets in their pages hang out, not in cornfields, but in Midtown. Mice don't run down country lanes: They sail boats in Central Park.

Steven Spielberg Will Direct Adaptation Of Beloved Roald Dahl Story

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment

Roald Dahl's novels have remained a steady source of big-screen success, and now Steven Spielberg is set to bring "The BFG" to theaters, according to ...

Why Are Roald Dahl's Stories So Creepy?

Posted 04.22.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then [Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $19.95]: Most fiction ...

9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Their Favorite Classic Children's Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books

Our very favorite children's books left an irreversible impression on our childhoods and on our lives. Some of our most cherished storybook characters...

12 Fascinating Literary Facts

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he'd 'pissed away' so much of his money into it that he owned it.

10 Wonderfully Dark Roald Dahl Illustrations

Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts

Before your foray into adult literature, your imagination was likely visited from time to time by Roald Dahl's colorful and often frightening characte...

10 Fantastic Roald Dahl Quotes

Posted 09.13.2013 | Books

Happy birthday, Roald Dahl! The author of the beloved children's books, "Matilda," "James and the Giant Peach," and "The BFG" was born on this day in ...

Here's What Roald Dahl Books Can Teach You About Life

Posted 09.13.2013 | Books

Today would have been Roald Dahl's 97th birthday. Dahl wrote many fabulous children's books, and they were all incredibly enjoyable to read. But beyon...

How to Reboot a Classic

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

There's plenty of old-fashioned magic in the current Broadway production of Cinderella, which just nabbed nine Tony noms -- enough to make all the little girls in the audience sigh and swoon and stare enraptured, and their parents too.

Theater: Magical Matilda (And How to Make It Even Better)

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Matilda is one of those exceptional shows where every element feels inspired. It reveals theater talents in front and behind the scenes at the top of their game.

First Nighter: Matilda Teaches Broadway a Thing or Two

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Matilda is now at the Shubert, as produced by original commissioning outfit. And guess what. This time I'm over the moon -- even higher and on trajectory to Pluto and beyond. The reason is that the terrific show is even better here than it was/is there.

Why The Email From My Daughter Felt Like Magic

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 11.16.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

We are planning to sell the house, to leave the suburbs, to create a new life for ourselves. We talk it up but I secretly wonder if we can really do it, if we will be happy, if our lives will have the same zest, the same magic as we've known for all of these years raising our children in this house.

11 Inspiring Roald Dahl Quotes

Posted 09.13.2012 | Books

Today would have been Roald Dahl's 96th birthday (he was born in 1916 and died in 1990). In order to celebrate one of our favorite children's book aut...

Interview with Jenny Rosenstrach about Dinner: A Love Story

Nicki Richesin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Nicki Richesin

"This whole family dinner thing is just a way for me to wire my childrens' bodies in a way so that they automatically show up at the dinner table to talk to me when they are teenagers. They won't have a choice in the matter. They'll just start feeling this magnetic pull to the pork chops at 6:30."

15 Old-School Books You Should Read Again

www.gurl.com | Posted 05.03.2012 | Teen

It should be no secret that we’re huge readers over here at Gurl.com. Personally, as a kid, I spent hours and hours reading. Growing up, my reading ...

Unorthodox: What Deborah Feldman Found at Sarah Lawrence

SLCSpeaks | Posted 07.01.2012 | College
SLCSpeaks

Although the media portrays Feldman as an anomaly, she uses archetypes to create a real-life fairy tale familiar to any Sarah Lawrence student who has asked to bum a cigarette outside of the library, or had to explain to their Facebook friends that they aren't gay.

Interview: Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Picture Paris

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Talking to Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus about their delightful new short film, Picture Paris, the conversation ranged from the intricacies of Parisian culture to the hilarious masturbation episode of Seinfeld.

Wrestling With Point of View in Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Sometimes it takes several drafts before you get the point of view that works for a particular story.

'Matilda' Leads Race For London's Olivier Awards

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.15.2012 | Arts

LONDON — Broadway-bound show "Matilda The Musical" gained 10 nominations Thursday for British theater's Laurence Olivier Awards – includin...

Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' Is Heading To Broadway

AP | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — A musical about a girl with extraordinary powers is hoping to jump the Atlantic. The Royal Shakespeare Company said Tuesday it is pl...

First Nighter: London's Matilda as Entertaining a Musical as They Come

David Finkle | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

It's delicious, delightful and delirious from first to last and has the power to affect adults as thoroughly as it does children. That'll extend to children and adults everywhere, though there's some silly talk circulating about the tuner's being "too British" to travel. Phooey on that.

Moline Loves Paul Simon, Plus Chatting With Bill Wyman, American Idol's James Durbin and Mastodon's Brann Dailor

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Although it seems that Paul Simon has been on the road frequently over the last few years, his latest tour seems much more date-packed as he heralds his latest and one of the best albums of his career, So Beautiful Or So What.

Hey, Kids! A Decade After His Death, Shel Silverstein Has a New Book

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Every Thing On It, published eleven years after Shel Silverstein's death, arrived yesterday. Homework was instantly abandoned. The Girl Who Hates To Read simply had to dive into this collection of 139 poems.

Roald Dahl's Best Villains

Posted 11.19.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: In an interview with Donald Sturrock, Roald Dahl once said, “I go down to my little hut, where it’s tight and dark and warm, ...