A Journey That Started with a Book
My earliest memories as a child involved reading. I remember growing up in Trinidad you had to be six to apply for a library card. They even required a reading test to see if you could read and you had to promise to take care of any books your borrowed. This may seem extreme to most but you have to understand that those library books were precious. Back then the government didn’t spend a lot of money on putting books in the library so most of what was there was limited to two copies or less. So imagine me walking in at four with my parents wanting to join for new books to read. The librarian laughed and told us to come back. Determined to leave with some books my parents asked if I could do the reading test, and if I passed would they give me a card to borrow at least one book. I read to every staff member in the library that day, including some strangers. I left with two books, and my life was forever changed.
I love reading a good book, I can spend hours reading from start to finish. I’ve read whole books in one day because I just loved them that much. That’s why it’s so special to me that my next blogging adventure is a journey that started with a book – a book by Roald Dahl. The invite was unexpected to me but I was so honored to be chosen as one of twenty-five bloggers to attend the red carpet premiere of The BFG. I started reading the book when I was traveling to L.A. for my last Disney event, so this was extra special for me. This will be my second time walking a red carpet for a movie premiere, and I can’t wait to see how Steven Spielberg brings this amazing book to life.
I hope you follow along on this amazing adventure with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instgram, by following our hashtag #TheBFGEvent. I’ll be getting lost in an adventure with giants, and I want you to come along for the ride with me. In addition to walking the red carpet we’ll be interviewing amazing talent from the film – Ruby Barnhill (“Sophie”), Jemaine Clement (“Fleshlumpeater”), Penelope Wilton (“The Queen”), recent Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (“The BFG”) and Director Steven Spielberg. YES you read that correctly, I’ll be sharing the same space with Steven Spielberg. You can squeal, gasp, and get excited. I sure did. You can also comment if you have any questions for the talent or Mr. Spielberg.
“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth. Also I do recommend you grab a copy of The BFG that’s perfect for the whole family. It’s perfect for summer reading lists.
Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories.
In addition to The BFG festivities, we’ll be joining Disney XD for a special screening event of the upcoming animated series “Future-Worm!,” which is created and executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Ryan Quincy (“South Park”) and premieres later this summer. “Future-Worm!” is an offbeat comedy adventure that follows Danny, an optimistic 12-year-old who creates a time machine lunch box and befriends Future Worm, a fearless worm from the future with titanium-enforced abs. Follow the #FutureWorm hashtag during the event.