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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

The Twits - Ladybird Readers Level 1

The Twits - Ladybird Readers Level 1

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are not nice people. What do the monkeys do? What does the bird do? 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. The Twits, a Level 1 Reader, is Pre-A1 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Starters exams. Short sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, using the present tense and some simple adjectives.

Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach - Ladybird Readers Level 2

Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach - Ladybird Readers Level 2

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

There is a giant peach in the tree. James went inside the peach. What did he find? 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. James and the Giant Peach, a Level 2 Reader, is A1 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. Short sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the past tense and some simple adverbs.

Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Ladybird Readers Level 3

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Charlie wants to find a Golden Ticket inside a chocolate bar. Then, he can visit Mr. Wonka's famous chocolate factory. 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. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.

The Witches Film Tie-in

The Witches Film Tie-in

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. BEWARE. There are witches EVERYWHERE. Witches could be a cashier in a supermarket, a woman driving a fancy car, or even your own teacher. The only thing a witch cares about is squelching children. She hunts and squelches as many children as she possibly can. At least one a week. The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of YOU disappear. Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her. But if their plan fails, the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what will happen? Soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring ANNE HATHAWAY, OCTAVIA SPENCER, STANLEY TUCCI and CHRIS ROCK, coming in October 2020.

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2020

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 29/09/2020

What does a giant's foot feel like? How about a rotten egg, or a bumpy crocodile? Find out in this book that's full of the most REVOLTING things to touch and feel!

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 29/09/2020

The Enormous Crocodile is hungry and ready to use cunning plans and clever tricks to snap up a snack. Just be careful that he doesn't snap up . . . YOU! A finger puppet book that really bites, this is a laugh-out-loud book for adults and chiddlers to read together

How To Avoid Witches

How To Avoid Witches

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

Inspired by Roald Dahl's spine-tingling story The Witches, we present the ultimate guide to witch-spotting, stuffed with fun activities, stories, jokes and more! Witches are hiding everywhere in plain sight and want to rid the world of smelly children like YOU! 'For all you know, a witch might be living next door to you right now . . .' It's tricky to spot them because they look so ORDINARY. They have ORDINARY jobs, live in ORDINARY houses and wear ORDINARY clothes. That's what makes them so hard to catch . . . This book is the ultimate guide to bringing down witch-kind, packed with activities, extracts from the original story, games and bonus material.

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