The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened today in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, and icWales, "the national web site of Wales," files a report from that English village. Dahl, born in Wales of Norwegian parents, would have been pleased says the journalist taking the tour:
For Roald Dahl, that giant dream maker of children's literature, imagination was the cornerstone of his work.
So a museum dedicated to his vision, complete with giant chocolate doors and seats that resemble crocodiles, would have fulfilled his vision of a world where even the most ordinary of things can hide the most extraordinary secrets.
2005 is proving to be a good year for Roald Dahl (1916-1990). July 15th will see the U.S. premiere of a new film version of Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka; the director is Tim Burton.