Roald Dahl An author study

Roald Dahl's Background

All about the life and works of roald dahl

Roald Dahl working in his writer's chair

Author's Genre

The majority of Roald Dahl's books are written in the fantasy genre. Fantasy books use magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Fantasy books can open up a world of possibilities because the story is not confined to the boundaries of the real world.

Dahl stated in an interview that he came up with the ideas for his stories by observing the world around him. For example, Roald Dahl got the idea for James and the Giant Peach by watching the apples on the trees near his house grow and wondering what would happen if they never stopped growing.

Books by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl has wrote nearly 20 books for children including "The BFG," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda," "The Twits," and "The Witches."

The characters of Roald Dahl's books
Mr. Fox stealing food from the three farmers
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is about a clever fox who steals from three nasty farmers. Boggis, Bunce, and Bean are sick of having their crops stolen and they decide to team up to finally catch the fox. When Mr. Fox and his family are trapped by the three farmers, he must use his quick thinking to save his family and the rest of the animals in the forest.
The characters from James and the Giant Peach

Illustrations by Quinten Blake

Some of Quinten Blake's illustrations

Quinten Blake is the illustrator that Roald Dahl frequently collaborated with. All of the art used in Roald Dahl's CHILDREN'S books are done by blake.

In an interview, Blake described his first collaboration with Dahl: "In a sense, what he wrote was like what I drew in the degree of exaggeration and comedy in it." The two worked very well together and were very close.

Themes in Roald Dahl's books

Illustration from Boy: Tales of Childhood

Most of Roald Dahl's books have the theme of children as the hero of the story and adults as the VILLAINs. This can be seen in books such as James and the giant peach, Matilda, the witches, the twits, and george's marvelous medicine. These themes help young readers relate to the story better and they can easily put themselves in the shoes of the main character.

"Many believe his tendency to create adult villains was based off of Dahl’s own experiences in boarding school, which he wrote extensively about in his autobiography Boy: Tales of Childhood, where he longed to be free of adult dominance." - Once Upon a Bookcase

The Roald Dahl Museum

The Roald Dahl Museum contains interactive stations in which young children can learn about the life and works of Roald Dahl. There are several interactive galleries in which children can see what inspired Dahl and learn more about his process of writing new books. The museum is in Buckinghamshire, England.

A young girl sits in Roald Dahl's writer's chair, which is housed in the Roald Dahl museum
The inside of the museum is as whimsical and charming as Roald Dahl's books

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