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Topic – Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl

Have you read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or James and the Giant Peach? If you have, you are one of thousands of children who have read stories by Roald Dahl.

Mr. Dahl is one of the most-read authors of children’s books. Many of his stories have been made into movies, like Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Witches. His book Matilda has been made into a musical play.  And it is not just children who like his work. Adults do too. Maybe that is why there is an official Roald Dahl day that happens on his birthday every year.

Mr. Dahl had a very interesting life. He was born in 1916. After finishing school in England, he lived in many different places such as Newfoundland, Tanzania, Africa, and Washington, DC. He was a fighter pilot in World War II. He wrote stories for adults. Many of these were published in magazines. But he is best known for his children’s stories.

Maybe Mr. Dahl’s mother was one of the reasons he became a writer of children’s books. She told him and his sisters stories when they were young. He loved the tales about trolls and other strange creatures. When he was older, he loved adventure stories.

Mr. Dahl did not write any of his famous books for children until he had children of his own. He used to tell his children stories, just like his mother did with him. Then he started to write them. He thought that he was good at writing these stories because he could see the world through children’s eyes.

He said, “If you want to remember what it is like to live in a child’s world, you’ve got to get down on your hands and knees and live like that for a week. You’ll find you have to look up at all these… giants around you who are always telling you what to do and what not to do.”

Mr. Dahl also thought it was important for children to read. He knew that stories had to keep his readers interested. He said, “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful…”

Dahl once said, “Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.” Maybe that is why people love his work so much. His stories are full of magic, and we want to believe in magic. Mr. Dahl died in 1990, but his stories will live forever.


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