Authors - Roald Dahl

1,301 views

Published on

You can view this and other PowerPoints online at: http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/Page/18289

0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,301
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
12
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
21
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Authors - Roald Dahl

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. ROALD DAHL AN INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. WHO WAS ROALD DAHL?  Roald Dahl was a British author who wrote many famous and popular children’s books. Some of his books are:  James and the Giant Peach  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  Matilda  The Witches  The BFG  And many, many others!
  4. 4. A BIT ABOUT ROALD…  Roald Dahl was born September 13, 1916 in Wales.  His parents were both Norwegian. He spoke Norwegian in his home, and English at school.  When he was a child, he attended a British boarding school, St. Peters, which he hated.  When Roald was 3, his seven-year-old sister Astri died.  He was an ace fighter pilot and spy for England during World War II  He married an actress, Patricia Neal, and they had five children.  One of their children, Olivia, died, she was also just seven years old. Roald dedicated his next book “The BFG” to her.  Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74.
  5. 5. DAHL’S FIRST BOOK  His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. All the pilots blamed the gremlins for all the problems with the plane.  The book, which First Lady of the US Eleanor Roosevelt read to her grandchildren, was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943.
  6. 6. DAHL’S STYLE  Dahl's children's works are usually told from the point of view of a child.  They typically involve adult villains who hate and mistreat children, and feature at least one "good" adult to counteract the villain(s).  They usually contain a lot of black humor and grotesque scenarios, including gruesome violence. The Witches, George's Marvelous Medicine and Matilda are examples of this formula.
  7. 7. DAHL AT THE MOVIES  For a brief period in the 1960s, Dahl wrote movie screenplays.  One of his most famous screenplays is the James Bond film: You Only Live Twice  Dahl also wrote the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and created the character of The Child Catcher (click for video).  In a 2005 poll, it was voted the scariest villain in children's literature.
  8. 8. DAHL’S POETRY  Besides his stories, Roald Dahl also peppered his novels with silly poems, and also wrote several short books of poetry for children!  Here’s a short excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
  9. 9. GEORGE’S MARVELOUS MEDICINE  The story we’re going to read by Roald Dahl was published in 1981, and contains all of the hallmarks of his best writing:  A young hero (George)  A wicked adult (Grandma)  Some grotesque details (the medicine George makes)  And a twist ending that doesn’t really end well for someone.
  10. 10. THE END

×