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Roald Dahl

Biography

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.
 
Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.
 
His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.
 
He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story The Landlady; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
 
Visit his website at: http://www.roalddahl.com/

Roald Dahl

Books by Roald Dahl

Written by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake. - Fantasy

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. Roald Dahl's iconic story of a little boy, a golden ticket and a fantastical chocolate factory has been adapted into a wonderful new musical. This edition will have a great new cover featuring the musical's poster art to tie in with the opening of the show on Broadway.

by Roald Dahl - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

A brilliant extension to Dahl's wonderful stories, this book gives fascinating insights into the characters and events from Roald Dahl's writing in a humorous, exciting and downright gloriumptious way. For the very first time, the stories behind the stories are brought to life in this brand new title. Inside, Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations are combined with imagined letters, artifacts and news clippings and editing notes from Dahl himself, to bring all of Roald Dahl's characters alive. 

by Roald Dahl - Adventure, Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

The story of a young boy on a magical adventure. After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends --- Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away and the great adventure begins!

by Roald Dahl - Children's, Fiction

Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches! The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season.
Five cousins --- Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio --- share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story.
 

by Roald Dahl - Adventure, Children's, Fiction

Now that he's won the chocolate factory, what's next for Charlie? Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world’' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

by Roald Dahl - Adventure, Children's 6-10, Children's 9-13, Fiction

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants --- rather than the BFG --- she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

by Roald Dahl - Children's, Fiction
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories --- but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
by Roald Dahl - Children's, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

by Roald Dahl - Fiction

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormous boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!