Poke the Publisher: Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Matilda. James and the Giant Peach. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. 

No, I'm not talking about a collection of particularly touching movies, although I could be; I'm talking about the books that inspired them, the classic works by deceased author Roald Dahl.

I love Dahl's works, although I admit to viewing them through rosy nostalgia glasses. (I recently re-read "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" and was pretty shocked at a lot of problematic racial dialogue that I had completely forgotten in the years between childhood and adulthood.) I love the innocence of the children protagonists, and how they seem to view the world with wide eyes, shocked into silence and yet somehow deeply appreciative of the beauty they perceive around them. Dahl had a knack for vulnerable and hurting young girls and boys -- children who had been utterly damaged by the world around them, and even by their own trusted guardians -- and for using warm, inviting magic to lift them up out of those circumstances into infinitely better ones.

Dahl's books, for all their flaws, are still classics to me, and I'm sad and surprised to note that you can only order them as eBooks if you live in the UK or Canada -- us American readers are currently out of luck. So it's poking time!

Omnibus link here.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory link here.
James and the Giant Peach link here.
Matilda link here.
...and so on.

Remember: Readers who post in the comments that they've poked the publisher via any or all of these links will be mentioned in a subsequent "Poke the Publisher" entry, which is a level of fame that will open doors at least as easily as infinite wealth, extravagant beauty, and perpetual immortality.

Also remember: By poking the publisher, you are not indicating that YOU are waiting to buy this book in e-Book format, but rather that your dear friend Ana is waiting to buy this book in e-Book format to review, dissect, deconstruct, and otherwise desecrate for your reading pleasure. And buy it I shall, just as soon as it comes available in the U.S. of A.

Credit for last week's Poke the Publisher feature must go to Gelliebean, Loquat, Redwood Rhiadra, Amaryllis, and Brin Bellway. Each one of these delightful people had truly wretched childhoods but overcame them through a combination of hope, innocence, and magical realism. Some of them can also move things with the power of their minds... but only if they haven't read much recently.


Charleen Merced said...

Must enthusiastically poked!

Brin Bellway said...

you can only order them as eBooks if you live in the UK or Canada -- us American readers are currently out of luck.

Clearly, the answer is to move to Canada. Of course, in the 5 - 7 years it takes to actually accomplish this, the eBooks may well become available. Still, there are many other benefits: Sledding! Healthcare that's rather unclear about whether you have to pay in a given situation, but sometimes the answer is "no"! Reduced complaining from politically-aware immediate relatives about what a hellhole America is*! Still being able to use land-based travel when visiting American friends and family! (Okay, that last is more of a "Why moving to Canada is better than moving to New Zealand", rather than "Why moving to Canada is better than staying in America".)

(But remember, if you feel a suspiciously tumourous lump, make sure the official cancer diagnosis doesn't come through until three hours after the health inspection, because then they can't consider it when deciding whether you pass. Why yes, we did get in on a technicality**.)

*May not apply to your family.

**Don't worry: Mom made a full recovery.

Amaryllis said...

(Although, to be frank, Dahl was never one of my favorites.)

Some of them can also move things with the power of their minds... but only if they haven't read much recently.

If you read too much, does that remove the power to do much of anything at you with your mind? That would explain a lot....

Ana Mardoll said...

Brin Bellway  That still sounds better than our healthcare, ha! (I'm glad your Mom recovered fully!)

Amaryllis  Oh, yes, absolutely. "Matilda" has the full explanation -- if you don't read, your brain builds up with excess brain power and frustration and you can start pushing and pulling things with your mind. But reading lets off that pressure. *thumbsup*

Cupcakedoll said...

What strikes me here is how the commercials and amazon.com present the ereader as a source of all the books you ever wanted.  But if you actually look, it's not even a source of screamingly obvious classics like Dahl or even HP.  Much less all the old/niche/lowbrow* stuff that I actually want to read.

*like Deathlands.  Not smut.

Gelliebean said...

Poking accomplished!  I'm actually amazed that these weren't already ebooks.

Kristy Griffin said...

poked, Madame!  I'm actually really surprised Dahl wasn't already available in e-book format.

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