Early lifeRoald Dahl was a British novelist, writer of short stories, screenwriter and fighterpilot. He was born in Wales in 13th September 1916. Before writing he also servedin the Air Force and fought in the World War two. Known as one of the greateststorytellers for children, he was in the list of „The 50 greatest British writerssince 1945‟.Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of september 1916. In Llandaff, South Wales. Hisparents were both Norwegian. When Roald was 4 years old, his father died. Roaldreceived his earliest education at Llandaff Cathedral School. When the principalgave him a harsh beating for messing. Dahls mother decided to enroll her child atSt. Peters, a British boarding school, as had been her husbands wish. Roald latermoved to a private school, Repton. this was where his writing skills were firstnoticed, by his English teacher who said:“I have never met anybody who sopersistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended.” Whilehe was studying at Repton, the chocolate company „Cadbury‟ would send boxes ofchocolate to the school to get tasted. This is where Dahl took inspiration for hismost famous work.„Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‟ which was published in 1963.Taking inspiration from his life incidence and people he met is very common in hiswritings.After graduating from Repton School in 1933, he went to work for the Shell OilCompany of East Africa until World War II started in 1939. He then served in theRoyal Air Force as a fighter pilot. In 1940 Dahls plane was hit by a machine gunfire, and he was badly injured. He was rescued by a fellow pilot and took him sixmonths to recover. Although Roald rejoined the air force in the spring of 1941, thepain from his head and back injuries grew worse so that he had to be sent back toEngland on the disabled list.Awards
Throughout Roalds life he won many awards for his creative books. As it is hard tokeep the attention of a child, especially through a book he told the story throughthe point of view of a child. His stories typically involve adult villains who hate andmistreat children, and feature at least one „‟good‟‟ adult to counteract the villain. Agood example of this is Matilda. As both her parents mistreated her along with herprincipal. However Ms Honey took good care of her and adopts Matilda at the end.As Roalds books were very imaginative and appealed to children. He won his firstaward in 1954 this was the „‟edgar allen poe award‟‟ This award acknowledged thebest mystery fiction and non fiction. Again in 1959 he won the „‟edgar allan poeaward” for the second time. Roald received many awards. Here are some of hisachievements for the creativity of his childrens books.● 1975 Wins Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator).● 1978 Wins Nene award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) and Surrey School award (forDanny the Champion of the World).● 1979 Wins California Young Reader Medal (for Danny the Champion of the World).● 1980 Wins third Mystery Writers of America award.● 1982 Wins Federation of Childrens Book Groups Award (for The BFG) and MassachusettsChildrens Award (for James and the Giant Peach).● 1983 Wins New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Childrens Book GroupsAward, and Whitbread Award (all for The Witches). Also wins World Fantasy ConventionLifetime Achievement Award.● 1984 Wins Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (for The BFG).● 1985 Wins Kurt Maschler award runner–up (for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me) and BostonGlobe/Horn Book nonfiction honor citation (for Boy – Tales of Childhood).● 1986 Wins West Australian Award (for The Witches) and International Board on Books forYoung People awards for Norwegian and German translations (for The BFG).● 1988 Wins Federation of Childrens Book Groups Award (for Matilda).● 1990 Wins Smarties Award (for Esio Trot).● 1997 Wins Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years" (for The BFG).● 1998 Matilda voted "Nations Favorite Childrens Book" in BBC Bookworm Poll.
● 2000 Wins Millennium Childrens Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award (for Charlie and theChocolate Factory).Throughout Roalds life he received many award. This shows us how much his bookswere loved by.MatildaMy favorite Roald Dahl book would have to be Matilda. Its about gifted girl namedMatilda, born to horrible parents. Matilda‟s parents favorite her brother and areconstantly putting her down, calling her names, and ripping up her books. Despiteher parents neglect Matilda thought her self to read. When angered by herparents, She comes up with ways to get them back, such as putting glue on thebottom of her father‟s hat so that it gets stuck to his head. She thinks this isacceptable as her dad said to her „‟when a person is bad they need to be taught alesson‟‟When Matilda starts school, she is placed in a class with a kind, caring teachernamed Miss Honey. Miss Honey realises how bright and intelligent Matilda is. Theheadmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is every bit as awful as Matilda‟s parents. Shehates children and often uses corporal punishment on them.Throughout the entire novel Matildas parents are constantly putting her down. Asmatilda grows smarter she tells her dad he is a „‟crook‟‟ by selling bad cars at anunfair price. Mr Underwood replies by saying „‟Im right and youre wrong, Im bigand youre small, and theres nothing you can do about it.” We see here how muchharry underestimates his daughter. We also see the treatment she gets from herparents and how they always criticize and disapprove of her.“If you are good, life is good.” This is definitely a theme that runs through thisbook. I think the reason that this is my favorite book is because of the ending. Wesee that Ms Honey and Matilda get a happy ending. As Matilda gets the parent shenever had and Ms Honey gets to foster Matilda a person who she is very fond ofand also gets her house back. However Ms Trunchbull gets what she finallydeserves as Ms Honey learns of Matildas powers. Matilda uses them to get rid ofMrs trunchbull and all the children at the school seek revenge on her.
I think this book is one of roald Dahls best work! Though there is the seriousissues in this story, there is still great humour.Later lifeRoald Dahl never retired from writing books until he died in 1990. The greatstoryteller published his last book, Esio Trot. in 1990.In 1961, his first childrens novel, James and the Giant Peach. After the bookwas published, He became a famous author. Twenty-five of his books got publishedwithin the next thirty years.Roald married actress Patricia Neal in 1953. They remained married for thirtyyears and had five children after which they got divorced. His married life wasfilled with many unfortunate incidences such as the terrible accident of his fourmonth old son and death of his seven years old daughter. His wife had three burstcerebral aneurysms while pregnant for the fifth time. Roald helped herrehabilitate and she learnt how to walk and talk again After his divorce Dahlmarried Felicity Crosland. who he remained married to until his death.Throughout Roalds life he l wrote 17 Childrens Stories, 3 Childrens Poetry Books,9 Non-Fiction Books, 2 Adult Fiction Novels, and 19 Adult Fiction Short StoryCollections. Dahl also wrote 1 Play, 6 Film Scripts, and wrote for 3 TelevisionSeriesRoald dahl Died 23rd of November 1990 due to a blood disease, in Oxford, England.There is now a childrens gallery open in his honour. Dahl‟s books involve imaginationand fantasy and they were humorous too. His books are classics.His first book for children was „The Gremlins‟. His book most loved by children is„Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‟. Another famous work is „Matilda‟ published in1988 which was made into a movie in 1988. Some other books of Dahl are FantasticMr. Fox (1970) and the movie in 2009, „The Minpins‟ (1991), „The Giraffe and the
Pelly and Me‟ (1985). Some short story collections are „Roald Book of Ghost Stories‟(1983), „Two Fables‟ (1986), „The Roald Dahl Treasury‟ (1997).