Please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall

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September 13th is Roald Dahl Day, in honor of Roald Dahl’s birthday. In honor of one of his most popular books, here’s a quote from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks –
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.

by Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 – November 23, 1990)
from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964
Chapter 27
image – Wikimedia – Day of the Dead Altar

Curious about this Quote?

I wouldn’t dream of spoiling the surprise. Impatient children could skip ahead to chapter 27, “Mike Teavee is sent by Television,” and read ahead. Or, those who have seen a movie of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” could make a good guess, but real knowledge involves reading the book. As Grampa Joe said, “what you imagine sometimes comes true.”

Check the out Roald Dahl Month area on his official site.

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