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The Real B.F.G.

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Many years ago, a tall English gentleman climbed into a small gypsy caravan and wrote a marvelous book for children called Danny, the Champion of the World.  It wasn’t the first book he wrote, or the last.  It wasn’t the most famous.  It was, however, the book that made that tall English gentleman important to a young American girl of little consequence.  One day, that girl would grow up and write books of her own.  Not clever books for children, but stories shaped, nonetheless, by all she loved and cherished in her first favorite book – the one written by Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl did something extraordinary that very few authors have done before or since:  He wrote books for children.  If you are thinking, that’s not such a strange thing – there are thousands of people who write books for children, then I am sorry to tell you this, but you are wrong.  While it is true that many people write books to children, and many more write books for the parents of children, that is not the same th…