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Roald Dahl - Author

About the Author

Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son.

He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire.


Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was “this business of remembering what it was like to be young”. Roald’s childhood and schooldays are the subject of his autobiography Boy.

Since Roald Dahl’s death, his books have more than maintained their popularity. Total sales of the UK editions are around 37 million, with more than 1 million copies sold every year! Sales have grown particularly strongly in America where Dahl books are now achieving the bestselling status that curiously proved elusive during the author’s lifetime. 

Featured books by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World

7+ readers

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father. Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how to fix bits of car, reads him bedtime stories and introduces him to the wonders of nature. One night, Danny discovers his father has a secret. He is a brilliant poacher and he is determined to outwit the local gamekeepers. How Danny helps his father carry out his most daring plan of all without being caught is a thrilling read and a triumph for father and son.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won a golden ticket. However each child gets their comeuppance in some way, except Charlie of course. Brilliant.

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Other books by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl: Shapes

Roald Dahl: Shapes

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2020

Spot the shapes with Roald Dahl and the Enormous Crocodile! What shapes can you see? There's: A big round sun A whirling, swirling kite And sharp, pointy teeth! Busy little hands can lift the flaps to discover the shapes with iconic illustrations of Dahl's much loved characters from the one and only, Quentin Blake. More marvellous books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123 Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Words My Dad is Fantastic

Roald Dahl: Words A Lift-the-Flap Book

Roald Dahl: Words A Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2020

Discover marvellous and revolting first words with Roald Dahl! There are an ENORMOUS amount of words to learn in this brightly colourful board book, including: Cake Books Bugs Crocodiles With fantastic illustrations from Quentin Blake, this is the perfect book for little ones to discover the wonderful world of Dahl. More marvellous books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123 Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Words My Dad is Fantastic

Penguin Readers Level 4: Going Solo

Penguin Readers Level 4: Going Solo

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Roald Dahl flew planes in the Second World War (1939-1945) when Germany, Italy and Japan fought against Britain, France, Poland, other European countries, the USSR and the United States of America. Going Solo is Dahl's time with the RAF (Royal Air Force). He writes I did not need to leave out anything here because every moment was, to me, totally interesting. Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activitiesthat help readers to develop key skills.

My Dad is Fantastic

My Dad is Fantastic

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 14/05/2020

The perfect gift for your FANTASTIC dad this Father's Day! My Dad is FANTASTIC He's clever, kind and wise. You'll know he's really smiling By the twinkle in his eyes! A read-aloud rhyming board book that celebrates dads everywhere - from their most FANTASTIC moments to their most magnificent WHIZZPOPS! More marvellous books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123

Willy Wonka's Everlasting Book of Fun

Willy Wonka's Everlasting Book of Fun

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

With the extraordinary chocolate tycoon Willy Wonka as your host, join Roald Dahl's best-loved characters for a bumper activity book that will keep boredom at bay and chiddlers at play. Stuffed full of 365 marvellous activities, puzzles and more that will keep entertainment flowing for every day of the year. Perfect for summer holidays and rainy days, open up Wonka's factory and bring on the fun!

Roald Dahl: Esio Trot Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 4

Roald Dahl: Esio Trot Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 4

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Mrs. Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. Mr. Hoppy loves Mrs. Silver. Will Mr. Hoppy's big idea make him brave enough to tell her? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: Esio Trot Activity Book, a Level 4 Activity Book, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.

Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

In the jungle lives an enormous crocodile with clever ideas. He wants to eat children. Will the animals in the jungle keep the children safe? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile, a Level 3 Activity Book, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.

Roald Dahl: The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Roald Dahl: The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

One day, Billy meets the Giraffe, the Pelican, and the Monkey, who wash windows to buy food. Will Billy help the animals? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, a Level 3 Activity Book, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.

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