Roald Dahl

September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990

Roald's Childhood Years

  • Roald Dahl lived in Llandaff, Wales with his father and second mother.
  • Roald kept a secret diary from when he was eight.  To make sure that none of his sisters got a hold of it and read it.  He put it in a waterproof tin box and tied it to a huge conker tree in the garden.
Roald Dahl as a kid
  • Roald Dahl's had a lot of unusual favorite things.  Roald Dahl's favorite smell was bacon frying, his favorite color was yellow, and his favorite food was caviar.
  • Roald Dahl was a great fictional writer.  Mostly everything he wrote was based on his life.
  • For example, his grandmother in The Witches was based on his mother because his mother always loved to tell fictional stories to him.
  • Roald usually spoke Norwegian with his family at home.  He knew how to speak in English, Norwegian, and Swahili.

Roald's Teenage Years

  • Teachers thought that Roald was a really bad writer, but Roald was really good in sports.  Roald Dahl was 6' 6"feet tall, so thats probably why he was really good in football.
Roald Dahl
  • When World War II broke out Roald joined the RAF as a fighter pilot, suffering terrible injuries and almost dying in a plane crash in 1942.

Roald's Adult Years

  • During some of Roald's adult years, he got married to Patricia Neal in 1953.  They had five kids and they lived in Wales.  About 30 years later they got divorced.
  • After he got divorced with Patricia, he got married to Felicity Crosland.  She didn't have any kids!  She kept Patricia's kids as her own and Roald was very happy with her.

Some of Roald's books

I read a book called, "Jack and The Giant Peach."  This book is fictional, very childish and funny.  A boy named Jack is staying with his two aunts and they are very cruel.  One day they find this peach that keeps growing and growing. I have read many of his books.

Interesting Facts

  • In 1971, a real Willy Wonka wrote to Roald Dahl.  He was a postman.
  • Making up words that made no sense was what Roald did the best.  He made up about 238 new words.