Roald Dahl

by Emily Salisbury

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Roald's Early Life

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales on September 13th 1916. He had two sisters, and in 1918 his family moved to Radyr. In 1920 Dahl's father died and soon after his family moved back to Llandoff. In 1925 he began his schooling at St. Peters, and then moved to Repton where he spent the rest of his schooldays.

In 1935 Roald began working for Shell Oil, but that job soon ended when World War 2 broke out and he joined the Royal Airforce in 1939. He was soon in a plane crash, which left him unable to fly, so he decided to focus on his writing. He wrote a short story about his time serving in the war, and the newspaper publishers were so impressed with it, that they published it in 1942. That same year he began working on The Gremlins.

Roald Dahl's Later Life

On July 2nd, 953 Dahl married the love of his life, Patricia Neal in New York at age 37. In 1954 they bought a cottage in Great Missenden and a year later they had their first daughter, Olivia. In 1955 his only stage play 'The Honeys' opened. In 1957 his daughter Tessa was born and three years later his son Theo was born. In 1961 "Way Out" presented by Roald Dahl ran for 14 episodes on CBS.

He wrote many stories, but his most popular include The BFG Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He sadly passed away on November 23rd, 1990 at age 74.

Book Talk

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This book is about a little boy named Charlie and his Grandpa Joe. They are both very poor and are living off the money Charlie's dad makes, which is not a lot. Every night, Charlie goes to his grandpa's room to hear stories about the mysterious, closed down chocolate factory, and it's mysterious owner, Willy Wonka. They suddenly hear news that the factory is going to be open for one day, but only for the 5 people who get a golden ticket in their chocolate bar. Charlie magically gets one and Grandpa Joe takes him to the chocolate factory. Willy Wonka is a bit nuts, and his factory crazy, but the plot twists and turns to create a book for the young and old to enjoy.

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