Throughout 2014 we received in many entries from children of all ages to celebrate the amazing author Roald Dahl.
Congratulations to Max Read (10) from Devon, whose story has been chosen as the best entry in the collection by our Editorial team. Max, you have won a golden ticket for your family to visit The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre! Thank you to everyone who took part.
Here is Max's winning story:
There was once a grimbly rotten old witch called Margretta. She loathed childlings, adored her whizz-rushing magical cat and bickered constantly with her ever-talking hat.
One spingle-sparkly day, while Margretta was ladling squashed-slug soup into the school's soup bins ('lickkle childlings all sickly-smickly'), a gust of wind snatched her hat away. 'My hat! My stupid chattily-babbily hat,!' she cried. 'It'll chatter all my secrets away.' !'
'Bye-Bye!' sang the happy hat as he floated free across the sky.
'Diblicious,' he burbled to a passing squackle-bird. 'I'm free. I can travel the world. I'll ride on ships' masts,; I'll star-gaze from a pyramid's peak. OOOOO, and I'll deliver great joy, not grimble-grums, to all the childlings when I help Santa fizz-dipple down chimpleys on Christmas Eve. It'll be all happy-dappy, unlike Margretta and her meanlingmoods and mumblegrunching.'
He floated on, not looking where he was going or knowing what was passing below, dreaming about his beautiful new libbly-lubbly life.
And ten minutes later he DID did fizz-dipple down a chimpley. He did land in a fire-place with joy in his heart. But, sadly, this chimpley was attached to a creakily, crubbling wall, which was attached to a miserable, manky, midget of a house all sad and mean and home to a million scrinkly cockroaches, and..
'Oh nickerty-no. I know this chimpley.' !'
... home to ...
'Welcome home my smiserly little chatterbox.' Sneering, Margretta grabbed her super-stuper-stickling glue. 'From now on you, my dear, and I will be sticking much much closer together!'
© Max Read 2014