Kids and adults alike love Roald Dahl’s deliciously wicked books. Loved for their gleefully evil villains and their often mischievous sensibility, Dahl’s books introduce us to fantastic creatures and bizarre places -- and encourage our imaginations to run wild.
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Date of Birth:
September 13, 1916
Place of Birth:
Llandaff, Wales, England
Date of Death:
November 23, 1990
|Place of Death:
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, 1954 and 1959; Whitbread Award (for The Witches), 1983
|Not for Children|
|Where'd the Gremlins Come From?|
|Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins, (1943) was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.|
|Dahl (and Others) on Dahl||They Made Great Films|
There are some wonderful biographies about Roald Dahl, but for the most charming account of his sunny childhood, you could do no better than read his own memoir of his mischievous boyhood, appropriately titled -- what else? -- Boy.
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Some of Dahl's enchanting, memorable, unique children's books were made into some enchanting, memorable, unique children's movies. Dahl's highly visual stories -- with their plucky child heroes and deliciously evil villains -- made for colorful films that children (and adults) love watching.
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About the Author, © Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner and Cader Company Inc. 2002