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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 Illustrator: Quentin Blake 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

My Mum is Magnificent

My Mum is Magnificent

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Board book Release Date: 18/02/2021

The perfect gift for your MAGNIFICENT mum this Mother's Day! A read-aloud, read-again rhyming board book that celebrates the brilliance of Mums everywhere - ideal for parents and chiddlers to read and share together. Look out for more marvellous board books for titchy toddlers: My Dad is Fantastic Roald Dahl's Words Roald Dahl's Shapes Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123

Ladybird Readers Level 1 - Roald Dahl: The Twits (ELT Graded Reader)

Ladybird Readers Level 1 - Roald Dahl: The Twits (ELT Graded Reader)

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 an ELT graded reader series for children aged 3-11 learning English as a foreign or second language. The series includes traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written by language learning experts, 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 follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English Pre-A1 to A2 (YLE) tests. Visit the Ladybird Readers website for more information. The unique code provided in each printed book will provide access to audio, extra activities and learning resources. The Twits, a Level 1 Reader, is Pre-A1 in the CEFR framework and includes practice for the Cambridge English Pre-A1 Starters tests. Short sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, using the present tense and some simple adjectives.

Ladybird Readers Level 2 - Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach (ELT Graded Reader)

Ladybird Readers Level 2 - Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach (ELT Graded Reader)

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 an ELT graded reader series for children aged 3-11 learning English as a foreign or second language. The series includes traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written by language learning experts, 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 follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English Pre-A1 to A2 (YLE) tests. Visit the Ladybird Readers website for more information. The unique code provided in each printed book will provide access to audio, extra activities and learning resources. James and the Giant Peach, a Level 2 Reader, is A1 in the CEFR framework and includes practice for the Cambridge English A1 Movers tests. Short sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the past tense and some simple adverbs.

Ladybird Readers Level 3 - Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (ELT Graded Reader)

Ladybird Readers Level 3 - Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (ELT Graded Reader)

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 an ELT graded reader series for children aged 3-11 learning English as a foreign or second language. The series includes traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written by language learning experts, 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 follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English Pre-A1 to A2 (YLE) tests. Visit the Ladybird Readers website for more information. The unique code provided in each printed book will provide access to audio, extra activities and learning resources. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and includes practice for the Cambridge English A1 Movers tests. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl, Sam Sloan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2020

The Witches Film Tie-in

The Witches Film Tie-in

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake 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.

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake 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

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