This week would have been Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday! Born in Llandaff, Wales, on September 13, 1916, Mr. Dahl is known for his many books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG. Called one of the world’s greatest storytellers and a most successful children’s author, Mr. Dahl also wrote stories for adults, even though he is not as well known for them.
Not only are his books popular, but several have been made into movies, which is fitting since he was also a screenwriter. He was a flying ace and a salesman before he became a children’s author. He believed reading is a very important part of life, and set out to provide children with books that held a child’s attention and was something they really wanted to read. Many of his book ideas came from bedtime stories he made up for his children. Mr. Dahl’s first book was The Gremlins, which he wrote before the age of 30. However, it would take almost 20 more years for Mr. Dahl to begin writing his other well-known books.
Roald Dahl continued to write for the remainder of his life. Mr. Dahl died in 1990 of a rare blood disease but his books still remain popular all over the world. Why not celebrate this brilliant author’s life by checking out one of his books today?
More on the Web
- Visit the Roald Dahl Fans Site!
- Visit The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre website.
- Check out Roald Dahl’s official site for info, games, and more!