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Roald Dahl, the famous Welsh author of children books

"Find out which famous person the square in front of Millennium Centre is named after". This is one of the questions from our Cardiff Bay Quiz and as this name is very popular these days, we have decided to write the weekly blog post about the most famous Welsh author with a big imagination - Roald Dahl.
The collection of Roald Dahl's children books.
Which one is your favourite?
I am sure that everybody has read or knows at least one of his childrens books. I honestly can't remember which story was the first one that I came across, but I think it might be "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" that I watched as a child, but it was the older version and not the one with Johnny Depp and actually I think that this book was the first book that I have read in English.

I absolutely love it and could not believe his imagination. The characters in the stories are very similar to real characters (of course), but are very unusual for children stories and books. Another factor I really like is the moral message that is very visible in "Charlie and the chocolate factory".

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Cardiff on September 13, 1916 and his parents were actually Norwegian and Dahl used to go to Oslo for summer vacations.
Dahl obtained his education in several prestigious schools and after his graduation in Repton he went on an expedition to Newfoundland. As he liked adventures he took a job with the Shell Oil Company in Tanzania. Very soon before the World War II he joined the Royal Air Force and went for a training to Nairobi, Kenya where he became a fighter pilot.

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, very close to Peartree Languages
As he crashed with his plane and had to had couple of operations, he ended up in Washing DC as an air attache. During this time he started with writing and was supported by another author C. S. Forrester. He was writing only short stories that were published in magazines as The New Yorker or the Saturday Evening Post.

Roald Dahl and Walt Disney

His first children story was Gremlins and was actually written for Walt Disney in 1942, although it did not have a big success. Dahl decided to go back to writing more mysterious stories and produced the best-selling story collection Someone Like You and Kiss Kiss. 

Dahl established himself as a children's writer for the first time in 1961, whn he published the book James and the Giant Peach. The book met with wide critical and commercial acclaim. Three years later, Dahl published another big winner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 
Despite their popularity, Dahl’s children’s books have been the subject of some controversy, as critics and parents have balked at their portrayal of children’s harsh revenge on adult wrongdoers. Dahl claimed that children have a cruder sense of humour than adults, and that he was merely trying to appeal to his readers. 

These days  another movie adaptation of Dahl's children's book The BFG - 
Big Friendly Giant is coming into the cinema. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl's 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. The book is dedicated to Dahl's late daughter, Olivia, who died of measles encephalitis at the age of seven in 1962. By now, the novel has sold 37 million copies in UK editions alone. 
The movie was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and you can watch in the cinema now.


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