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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

Someone Like You

Someone Like You

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A 2012 World Book Night selection. In Someone Like You, Roald Dahl's first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories, a wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and, a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach. Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl's stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine.

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Other books by Roald Dahl

How to Trick a Twit

How to Trick a Twit

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Inspired by Roald Dahl's prank-filled story of beards and balloons, The Twits, we present the ultimate guide to Twit trickery, stuffed with fun activities, stories, jokes and more! 'Mr Twit was plotting away like mad. He was trying to think up a really NASTY TRICK . . . ' Mr and Mrs Twit love playing tricks. They really are the meanest jokers, and unfortunately they are VERY GOOD at it. But just imagine if you were so good at pranking that you could trick an actual Twit? Wouldn't that be AMAZING? Well, the book you're holding can help you do just that. Packed full of fiendish pranks (as well as quizzes, recipes, fun facts and more), THIS is exactly what you need to OUTWIT A TWIT. This book is the ultimate guide to tricking a Twit, packed with activities, extracts from the original story, games and bonus material.

My Mum is Magnificent

My Mum is Magnificent

Author: Roald Dahl 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 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

The Witches

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.

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

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: 01/10/2020

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: 17/09/2020

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.

The Witches: The Graphic Novel

The Witches: The Graphic Novel

Author: Roald Dahl, Penelope Bagieu Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

As featured in Stylist's Christmas Gift Guide 2020 Roald Dahl's darkly funny masterpiece, The Witches, now available as a graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning artist Penelope Bagieu! Witches are real, and they are very, very dangerous. They wear ordinary clothes and have ordinary jobs, living in ordinary towns all across the world - and there's nothing they despise more than children. When an eight-year-old boy and his grandmother come face-to-face with the Grand High Witch herself, they may be the only ones who can stop the witches' latest plot to stamp out every last child in the country! This full-colour graphic novel edition of Roald Dahl's The Witches, adapted and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Penelope Bagieu, is the first-ever Dahl story to appear in this format. Graphic novel readers and Roald Dahl fans alike will relish this dynamic new take on a uniquely funny tale. Full-colour gift hardback

The World of Roald Dahl

The World of Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Welcome to the wondercrump world of all things Roald Dahl, filled with fantastic facts, exciting extras, quirky quizzes and much more! Join Roald Dahl's best-loved characters for a bumper book of... *Marvellous extra material *Fantastic quizzes *Curious characters *Amazing activities *Funny factfiles *. . . and much more! The perfect companion to the iconic world of Roald Dahl's stories, fun for young and old!

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

Roald Dahl: Words

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

Moddion Rhyfeddol George

Moddion Rhyfeddol George

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2020