Roald Dahl

The story of his life

1916-1990

By: Mimi Janze

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born was born on September 13, 1916 in Wales, Great Britain. He was parents were from Norway but spent his early life in Llandaff.Two years after he was born his sister Else was born. Then when he was only 4 years old his father Harold and sister Asti were killed one from pneumonia the other from an infection. After that sad event his mom was forced to raise him, his 3 sisters, and his 2 step sister all by her self. When he was Roald was 7 he attended Llandaff cathedral school but he abruptly changed schools when his principal gave him a harsh spanking for playing a joke. He then attended Weston-super-Mare boarding school.In 1929 he finishes his schooling at a Famous British public school the Repton.

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Later Life

In 1934 Roald Dahl began traveling and working for Shell Oil. When World War ll broke out he joined the Royal Air Force. Unfortunately one year later he was involved in a plane crash and the next year he returned home to England. In 1946 his first short stories are published. On July 2,1953 he marries Patricia Neal.Two years later on April 20th their first child is born, a girl named Olivia. Soon after his short gruesome stories appear on the Alfred Hitchcock Show and his second daughter is born, then his son Theo is born. In 1961 he comes out with his first renown children's book, James and the Giant Peach. Sadly, his first daughter dies of the measles in 1962.The next book published was Mr.Fox and directly after came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From there his book writing took off for the next 10 years and Roald Dahl came out with 5 new amazing childrens book.

His Sad Death

Roald Dahl died on November 23,1990 from a rare blood disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome at the age of 74, in Oxford.

My Favorite Book

My favorite book by Roald Dahl is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it captures his creativity and incredible imagination.I love the characters and their silly personalities. I love the adventures when everyone is trying to find the golden tickets do enter his factory. My favorite scene is when Violet starts turning a violet color and becoming a corpulent big blueberry. I would recommend this book to any age because it is so amazingly written. He truly is one of the best children author known in history. However, I do not enjoy his adult gruesome short stories.

Some top known book summaries

The BFG is the story of a big friendly giant who is in charge of all humans dreams. Sophia is an orfan who get captured by the BFG and is taken to his cave.He does not eat humans he only eats snozzcumbers that taste like frog legs. They are both determned to capture all the bad giants so they come up with a plan ,but first Sophie sees all the dreams. Sophie comes up with a plan to give the Queen of England a dream exposing all the evil, human eating giants so she can help them capture them. She indeeds wakes up and helps the BFG and Sophie capture the giants.


James and the Giant Peach is a story about a little boy named James who's parents are eaten by a rhinoceros and left to live with his two unkind aunts~ Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. James is miserable with no friends but meets a man who gives him magic seeds. Unfortunately James trips in his yard causing the magic seeds to fall on the ground. The magic starts with the peach tree in his yard. A peach grows and grows until its almost the size of a house! James climbs inside the pit and his adventures start. He meets amazing insects and goes on an incredibly journey with his new friends. In the end he lives happily ever after with them and lives in the peach pit as his new home.

Top 5 Roald Dahl Books