Today (13 September) marks Roald Dahl Day- the annual event that celebrates the life and works of Roald Dahl.
Every year on September 13 (Roald’s birthday), his fans from across the world celebrate his life and works. This year, it’s extra special – it’s also the 30th anniversary of the publication of The BFG, too!
10 things you might not have known about Roald Dahl…
- He was born in Cardiff in 1916 to Norweigan parents; he died in Missenden, Buckinghamshire in 1990
- Roald was a fighter pilot during the Second World War; he also worked as an Intelligence Officer
- He was fluent in Swahili – he learnt to speak it when working for Shell in Africa during the 1930s
- He wrote over 50 stories for adults – and 21 for children
- He always wrote with pencil, on yellow paper. Unsurprisingly, his favourite colour was yellow
- When he died, he was buried with a variety of items, including snooker cues, HB pencils and chocolate (he adored chocolate though hated chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream)
- He wrote two massively famous screenplays: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice (the James Bond film)
- He was super tall: he measured 6’5″
- The grandmother character in The Witches is based on his mother, Sofie
- In 1971, he received a very unexpected letter from the real-life Willy Wonka. However, this WW didn’t own a chocolate factory – rather, he was a postman from Nebraska
10 of our favourite Roald Dahl books…
NB: These are in no order, as we LOVE all of Roald Dahl’s books/stories. Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations are a massive bonus, too!
Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)
The BFG (1982)
The Witches (1983)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
James and the Giant Peach (1961)
George’s Marvellous Medicine (1981)
Esio Trot (1989)
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)