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Sunday Link Du Jour: Enter Roald Dahl's Writing Hut


Herpes Trout. Best unused name in children’s lit history? Turns out that was the original name for Mike Teavee in early drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Amazing what you can learn when you enter Roald Dahl’s writing hut, the dank, ramshackle space Dahl occupied while writing some of the world’s most enduring works of children’s literature. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre website gives visitors a three-dimensional experience, complete with clickable furniture and objects that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the author’s writing process. Click here to have a look around. (Note: For some reason, this site is best viewed using Internet Explorer).

(Thanks to Boing Boing for the link)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. NO WAY.

    Herpes… Trout?!

  2. p.s. And I do express this astoundment as a former winner of MTV’s short-lived Cool Names Contest, I’ll have you know.

    (What’s with the WordPress spellcheck? Among the words it does not recognize are… “astoundment,” “WordPress,” and “spellcheck.” And “MTV’s,” but that might just be an aesthetic commentary.)

  3. It must just be trying to keep us on our toes.

  4. Thanks for the link! I have a Roald Dahl obsessed 8 year old in my family!