Information About the Author Born: September 13, 1916 Married Patricia Neal in 1953, divorced in 1983 Had 1 son, 4 daughters Re-married in 1983 to Felicity Crosland Died November 23, 1990
History Following his high school graduation in Repton, he avoided a university education. Joined an expedition to Newfoundland. Enlisted in the Royal Air Force during WWII. C.S. Forester then encouraged him to write about his RAF adventures which were published by the Saturday Evening Post. Dahl’s first published book was The Gremlins, in 1943.
Roald Dahl’s Work Wrote many children’s books, but started off writing adult short stories and plays. Many of his books were made into movies. His children inspired him to write children's books. "If I didn't have any children of my own, I would have never written books for children, nor would I have been capable of doing so.“
Children’s Literature The Gremlins (1943) James and the Giant Peach (1961) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) The Magic Finger (1966) Fantastic Mr Fox (1970) Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972) Danny the Champion of the World (1975) The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977) The Enormous Crocodile (1978) The Twits (1980) George's Marvelous Medicine (1981) The BFG (1982) The Witches (1983) The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985) Matilda (1988) Esio Trot (1989) The Great Switcheroo (1990) The Minpins (1991) The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)
Awards Many awards received: 1954: Edgar Allen Poe award and Mystery Writers of America award. 1959: Second Edgar Allan Poe Award and second Mystery Writers of America Award. 1972: New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 1973: Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 1975: Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator). 1978: Nene award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) and Surrey School award (for Danny the Champion of the World). 1979: California Young Reader Medal (for Danny the Champion of the World). 1980: Third Mystery Writers of America award. 1982: Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for The BFG) and Massachusetts Children's Award (for James and the Giant Peach).
Awards Cont’d. 1983: New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Children's Book Groups Award, and Whitbread Award (all for The Witches). Also wins World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award. 1984: Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis (for The BFG). 1985: Kurt Maschler award runner–up (for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me) and Boston Globe/Horn Book nonfiction honor citation (for Boy – Tales of Childhood). 1986: West Australian Award (for The Witches) and International Board on Books for Young People awards for Norwegian and German translations (for The BFG). 1988: Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for Matilda). 1990: Smarties Award (for Esio Trot). 1997: Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years" (for The BFG). 1998: Matilda voted "Nation's Favorite Children's Book" in BBC Bookworm Poll. 2000: Millennium Children's Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. Located in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GvQxaBF2tI
Quotes "I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."
Resources Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. (2009). Roalddahl biography. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from website: http://www.biography.com/articles/ Roald-Dahl-9264648. Roald Dahl Nominee Limited/Quentin Blake. (2010). Welcome to the world of roalddahl. Retrieved May 27, 2010, from website: http://www.roalddahl.com. The Roald Dahl Museum. (2009). Roalddahl museum and story centre. Retrieved May 27, 2010, from website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GvQxaBF2tI. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. (2004). The roalddahl museum and story centre. Retrieved May 28, 2010, from website: http://www.roalddahlmuseum.org/default.aspx. Images from http://www.google.com.