Roald Dahl Book and Film Club

A club of revolting distinction

Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl's, The Witches“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”
-- Roald Dahl 


Join us at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library for a scrumdiddlyumptious summer, full of literary magic, mayhem and mischief.  We will be exploring the works of Roald Dahl, the universally beloved children’s author, whose work has been described as “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting.”  Throughout the summer, club members will investigate the answers to important questions such as:

  • “How can you tell when you’re face to face with a witch?”
  • “What does a Whizdoodle look like?” and
  • “How DOES one ruin a vial of OIL OF VIOLETS hair tonic?”

Whether you know every Roald Dahl story by heart, or are looking for fun, new reading experiences, whether you are modest and shy like Charlie Bucket, brilliant and resourceful like Matilda Wormwood or charming and sneaky like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Roald Dahl Book and Film Club will offer something to tickle your taste buds.

Novels featured this summer will be The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda and The Witches.  

Our first meeting will kick off with film excerpts from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, followed by a “Weird Lollipop” party.  Each meeting will include a different film or book segment, questions and conversation and a whimsical Dahl-inspired hands-on activity.  Extra copies of featured novels will be on hand and available for loan.

Registration is limited to children ages 7 and older. For more information or to enroll, please email elaine.pelton@dc.gov.

Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, May 21
4-5:30 p.m.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, film excerpts and "Weird Lollipop" party  
 
Tuesday, June 4
4-5:30 p.m.

Fantastic Mr. Fox, film excerpts and activity
 
Tuesday, June 18
4-5:30 p.m.
Fantastic Mr. Fox, book discussion and activity
 
Tuesday, July 2
4-5:30 p.m.

Matilda, film excerpts and activity
 
Tuesday, July 16
4-5:30 p.m.

Matilda, book discussion and activity
 
Tuesday, July 30
4-5:30 p.m.

The Witches, film excerpts and activity
 
Tuesday, Aug. 13
4-5:30 p.m.

The Witches, book discussion and costume party