Roald Dahl

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Welcome back for the autumn term, I hope that you enjoyed the summer break and have read some fantastic books. Our author focus this term is Roald Dahl, one of the most loved children's authors. His birthday is celebrated every September throughout the world with special activities to raise money for his charity for sick children, as well as encouraging a love of reading. Many of his books have successfully been adapted for film, TV and theatre. There is even a Roald Dahl museum in Grest Missenden, Buckinghamshire. is a brilliant website all about the author. It has loads of information and quizzes for you to try to test your knowledge of his books. Why not take a look?



·         Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff Wales.
·         His parents were both Norwegian, he was named after a famous polar explorer, Roald Amundsen.
·         He had two older sisters as well as a step brother and sister.
·         At the age of 9 Roald was sent to boarding school which was something he found difficult to cope with.
·         After leaving school his first job was for an oil company. He was sent to Tanzania to work which he loved.     
·         During World War II he trained to become a fighter pilot for The Royal Air Force.
·         After the war Roald went to live in Washington USA, where he met and married Hollywood film star       Patricia Neal. They had four daughters and a son.
·         Their time was divided between Washington USA and Great Missenden Buckinghamshire.
·         Roald liked to write his stories in a shed in his garden.
·         His first children’s book was called Gremlins, it was published in 1943. One of his most famous books,   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written nearly 20 years later.
·         Roald Dahl died in 1990; however his books are as still as popular as ever.