Roald Dahl

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About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, South Wales. In 1953, he published the best-selling story collection Someone Like You and married actress Patricia Neil. In 1964, he released a successful work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was later turned into two films. Over his long writing career he wrote 19 children's books. The most popular book is James And The Giant Peach but he has many known books. Roald Dahl is a favourite of many young children, it is difficult to describe his creativity books because they are so different from the typical children's book. Roald Dahl believes "Children are tougher to keep interested because a child doesn't have the concentration of an adult, it's tough to hold a child, but it's a lovely thing to try and do." Roald Dahl had five children, 4 girls and 1 boy, named Olivier, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia and Lucy. Roald Dahl has won a total of about 18 awards. His first award was in 1954 while his last award was in 2000. Some of these awards are Whitbread reward for The Witches in 1983, the Smarties honour in 1990 plus the Blue Peter award for Matilda in 2000. When Roald wasn't writing books he was either playing with his five beautiful children or his hobbies were wide and passionate, from racing greyhounds to breeding homing budgies, medical inventions, gambling, golf, music and art. Roald Dahl is proud of his work and being a father to his five children, " If i didn't have children, I would not have written books, nor would I have been capable of doing so"

Although Roald Dahl enjoyed a great deal of success in his life, he also endured an unusual number of tragedies involving those closest to him. His oldest daughter Olivia died from measles and his four-month-old son Theo was brain-damaged after a road accident. After the tragedy of his children, Roald Dahl gave time and money to help people in need. In the 1960s, for example, he arranged for many children from a Southern Italian orphanage to come on a holiday with families in his village of Great Missenden.

The Novels

The genre the novels fall under are modern day fairy tales, he taps into children’s imagination and sees the world as children do, from a perspective in the

delineation of right and wrong. The themes he explores in each of the novels are fantasy due to the characters, his fictitious world abounds in giants, wizards, witches and fantastical creatures. He involves magic is the fantasy theme as he provides his characters to realise their dreams. A wish may take the form of material enhancement - such as Charlie’s dreams coming true or of vendettas against the adult world in 'The Magic Finger.' Many of the fictitious characters have super natural powers such as in the novel "Witches", the witches have powers to do anything with there eyes as well as in the novel "Matilda."


Out of the eighteen brilliant books, my favourite would have to be the twits. The 'Twits' is named after Mr and Mrs Twit, two useless, smelly and unfriendly married people who have nothing better to do than play practical jokes and pranks on each other- (Mrs. Twit drops her glass eye into her husband's beer mug and fills his dinner plate with worms claiming that it is a new brand of spaghetti and Mr. Twit constantly lengthens his wife's cane and chair and convinces her that she is shrinking and needs to be stretched out using helium balloons.) They also have their monkeys stand upside down all the time and make bird pie with the birds they catch.
After playing a series of pranks on each other, the attention is turned to the monkeys and the birds. The birds and monkeys decide to give revenge to the twits making them the nasty surprise ever due to the fact that they deserve it. This revenge plan will make you fall off your seat, the wickedness and humorous pranks follow on and create even more grief.

I really enjoyed this book as it is humorous as well as very interesting! I couldn't stop reading it as it always had another prank ahead. I know this is a childish book but Roald Dahl makes it so creative that I can't resist to stop.

If I could change a scene in the book, I would change the scene of when Mr. Twit places a frog in Mrs Twit's bed and frightens Mrs Twit by claiming the item in her bed is a 'Giant Skillywiggler', with teeth like screwdrivers. I didn't like this scene as I hate frogs and if someone would of put frogs in my bed, I would of fainted like Mrs Twit. If I could change this scene I would of placed worms in the bed instead of frogs!!!!


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