Fun Facts Friday: Roald Dahl

September 13, 2013

Roald Dahl (13 September, 1916 – 23 November, 1990), the adored children’s author wrote 19 children’s books including James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).

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  1. Dahl is a Norwegian name and as a child he spent his vacations in Oslo with his grandparents. He could speak English, Norwegian and Swahili
  2. Dahl did not start writing children’s books until he had his own children.
  3. Dahl wrote in a small shed at the bottom of this garden
    Britain-Roald Dahl
  4. During World War II, Dahl was a Hurricane fighter pilot. He crashed in Alexandria, Egypt and was left with serious injuries which will plague him for the rest of his life.
  5. Dahl’s first children’s story was The Gremlins in 1942 for Walt Disney.
  6. Dahl wrote the screen play for Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice – a James Bond movie.
  7. In his book, Tales of the Unexpected, Dahl wrote short stories for adults.
  8. Dahl loved chocolate but did not like chocolate ice-cream or chocolate cake.
  9. Dahl did his writing with a pencil on yellow paper , because his favorite color is yellow..
  10. Dahl’s wife was actress Patricia Neal who played in such classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Hud for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

425px-DahlnealRoald Dahl and Patricia Neal

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Roald Dahl (13 September, 1916 – 23 November, 1990), the adored children’s author wrote 19 children’s books including James and the Giant Peach (196)1and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).
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4 Comments

  • Sharon Henning September 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the stand out book for me in the fifth grade. I so identified with Charlie going back for that second candy bar.

  • Alex Baugh September 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Interesting facts, Zohar. I used to see Patricia Neal with her aide walking around my neighborhood (she lived in the rich part, I don’t) and I always wanted to ask her about Dahl. He is still a favorite of mine.

  • Ryan September 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I had no idea about those screenplays. It’s like Dahl is expanding before my very eyes lately.

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