Posted on September 13, 2015
He was born in Wales, his first language was Norwegian, and he was named after the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
He went to a boarding school in England, spent happy summers in Norway, hiked through Newfoundland, in Canada, and lived in Africa as a young adult.
He served the United Kingdom in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He became both a flying ace (which means he was really good) and an intelligence officer.
But none of that is what made him famous. After the war, Roald Dahl became one of the world's best-selling authors, with books such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. All of those beloved books became movies, as well; he wrote many other stories for kids and adults, as well as television scripts, plays, radio serials, and even poetry.
Today is Roald Dahl Day because it is his birthday! Even though Dahl died in 1990, at age 74, people still celebrate him and his works every September 13.
To join in the fun, have a chocolatey Charlie party (send golden tickets as invitations), dress up as an Oompa Loompa, watch a Dahl movie, or of course go straight to the original and read a Dahl book!
Also, enjoy the words and wisdom of Roald Dahl:
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