Roald Dahl Biography
Roald Dahl is one of the world’s greatest children’s book authors. Born in Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents, he was a mischievous child and was always in trouble at school.
His dark, unsentimental stories are said to have been influenced by several tragedies during his lifetime. When he was just three, his sister and father died within months of each other and many years later, his son Theo was injured in an accident and his daughter Olivia, died of measles, aged just 7.
Having loved the magical Norwegian folk stories his mother used to tell him as a child, he invented bedtime stories for his own children and these grew into the tales we love today. His tales often star child heroes fighting awful grown-ups. From George, who concocts a tonic to cure his horrid Grandma in George’s Marvellous Medicine
, to orphan James who escapes his vile aunties by squashing them with an enormous peach in James and the Giant Peach
– the good children always triumph.
Aside from children’s books, Roald Dahl also wrote two collections of grisly children’s poems – Revolting Rhymes
and Dirty Beasts
and was a prolific adult short story writer too. He delighted in shocking readers of all ages.Roald Dahl Facts
His books have sold more than 200 million copies and been translated into 60 languages!David Walliams
says Roald Dahl is his hero and is often compared to him. Illustrator Quentin Blake
has illustrated both Roald Dahl books and David Walliams books.
If you’re a real Roald Dahl fan, there’s a brilliant Roald Dahl Museum
in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where he lived for 30 years.Our favourite Roald Dahl book characters
- Miss Honey in Matilda
- Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Danny in Danny the Champion of the WorldOur favourite Roald Dahl book quotes
- “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” (The Twits
- “Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping is forbidden among human beans?” (The BFG
- “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” (Matilda