A party to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 102nd birthday was held at Cranleigh Prep School recently during the lower school’s ‘book night’.
Thirty excited children joined teachers Mrs Schutte, Mrs Diacono for fun, fancy dress and festivities.
They discussed a range of facts about the children’s author that they didn’t already know, such as: Dahl wrote in a little shed at the bottom of his garden; during the Second World War he was a fighter pilot; he wrote for about four hours each day; he never learned how to type and he generally based his characters on people he’d met in real life.
The children played games, danced, dressed up and drew amazing BFGs.
They also had a yummy birthday tea, with jam sandwiches, crisps and cake.
The evening rounded off with Mrs Schutte, head of English, reading the first chapter of The Giraffe and the Pelly and me, a fabulous book about a boy who meets a troup of animals who work as window cleaners.
Finally, the children sang a rousing rendition of happy birthday that, we think, Roald Dahl would have really enjoyed.