Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday Tour: The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets

Thank you so much to Hannah from Irish Banana and Brianna from Wunderkind PR for hosting this wonderful Roald Dahl Birthday celebration blog tour! Not only is Roald Dahl one of my favorite children's book authors since I was a child but I have the pleasure to showcase The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets on Roald Dahl's actual birthday nevertheless.

I have not read this book prior being selected for the blog tour but I was so excited I was selected to feature this title. The top-secret missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is included within the book. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

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Title: The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Puffin
Publication date: June 2013
Pages: 118
Source/format: Finished copy from Publisher
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Rating: ☆☆☆

Synopsis (from goodreads.com):

Secrets and surprises from Roald Dahl!

Feast your eyes on a secret! Between these covers is a long-lost chapter—and the original ending—from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other delicious never-before-seen tidbits from Mr. Wonka’s factory. Then slip into some tasty tales from Roald Dahl’s life to discover more about the world’s No. 1 storyteller. No Roald Dahl collection is complete without this splendiferous treat!

M Y  T H O U G H T S

When I first started to read The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, Roald Dahl lets readers know some secrets from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He includes a did you know section about some trivia facts about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and how there were originally ten lucky kids who uncovered a golden ticket. Oompa-Loompas were going to be called Whipple-Scrumpets. I think I like the Oompa-Loompas better. The fact that Dahl rewrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory several times shows how ideas can morph into an incredible and unforgettable classic that we know today.

If you think that's neat, Mr. Dahl even included recipes from Mr. Wonka's Chocolate Factory! You can make your very own Strawberry-flavored Chocolate-covered fudge and Butterscotch. Mr. Dahl also tells his readers some of his favorite things such as things on his table and how he likes to write in a shed in his garden. He loves nature and would take notes about the habits of butterflies and frogs, colors and songs of birds and notes about different flowers, plants and berries. Did you know Walt Disney called Mr. Dahl Stalky?

The secret chapter is delightful about Spotty Powder and a girl named Miranda Mary Piker. If you are a huge fan of Roald Dahl, definitely check out The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets.

Wise words from Mr. Dahl

"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives terrific advantage."


Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90thbirthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.


1 winner can pick 5 books from the Roald Dahl collection! US Only.

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