Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of justice that often proceeded via cruel whim. In Dahl's twisty children's stories, villains throw kids out of windows, beautiful women turn out to be hideous witches in disguise, and parents are eaten alive. By all accounts, young readers fear his books almost as much as they love them. At the same time, many grown-ups are baffled. Who does this guy think he is, turning our... More >>>
Weirder, not wilder: From left, Jordon Fry, Adam Godley, Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and David Kelly star in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.