Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl Biography

a British novelist, short story writer, fighter pilot and screenwriter.

His parents were from Norway, but he was born in Wales, 1916. The family used to spend the summer holidays on a little Norwegian island, swimming, fishing and going by boat. When Roald was four years old, his father died, so his mother had to organise the trip alone for herself and her six children.

At school, he was always homesick. At St. Peter's Prep School, all the letters home were controlled by the headmaster, and afterwards at Repton Public School, he had to wear a horrible school uniform [with braces, waist coat, hat and lots of buttons, all black]. The younger boys were often punished by the headmaster and the older boys called prefects. Roald lays much emphasis on describing the school-beatups in his b ...

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Federico Granier 18 October 2013

My own work as a tribute for Dahl (I am a non-english native speaker, sorry for any mistakes) PINOCCHIO – (The Roald Dalh unwritten story) An old wood-carver had a wish, although he had one cat, one fish, he asked a star for bones and skin (as a Blue Fairy was coming in) to see his puppet like a real boy to end his days with so much joy. Once inside the fairy said: , (as the old man was in the bed) You´ve been so good. You´ll be a dad. This wooden puppet´ll be your lad. She made Pinocchio come alive but in return he had to strive to do his best to tell no lies and if he needed good advise a little cricket could help him out if any problem might bring about. But he had to make a deal if he wanted to become real: brave and truthful he should be and he would have a new ID. From now on, all day, all night he couldn´t do anything right, he looked for pleasure, fun and fame, all of these without an aim. Lots of lies everywhere not at all being aware that his nose grew ever longer with each lie it was stronger. Till finally one marvelous day every crap he threw away he saved Geppetto from a whale all of them ended up hale. Back at home, the Magic Fairy, after seeing they were merry, said: Pinocchio, as reward your wish won´t be ignored She gave her wand a mighty flick but she started to get sick cause the magic didn´t work (she turned out to be a jerk) The Blue Fairy was a fake there was no magic, for god´s sake! You can´t imagine what you will hear: she was a simple puppeteer!

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John Campbell 01 April 2012

I was a substitute teacher years ago. On my first day of subbing I was called to a school with a third grade class missing it's teacher for the day. Apparently, she didn't show up and nobody had any clue where she was. I was called at 8: 05 and class had started at 8: 00. In a mad rush I got ready and bolted out the door. When I arrived at school, I was rushed to the classroom of 35 anxious third graders and told, Good Luck! , by the absent minded principal who failed to give me any lesson plans or even a schedule for the day. I had no idea what to do. It was my first day in a classroom by myself. I got the children settled down and in their seats. I introduced myself. I glanced around the room. The only familiar thing I saw was a shiny copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the shelf next to me. I grabbed it. I told the children to sit on the floor in front of me. I pulled up a chair. I began reading. I read that book to them, with as much animation and expression as I could muster from cove to cover! When Charlie won the ticket, the students had tears in their eyes. When the horrible children were stuck in pipes or blown up into blueberries, the students terrified eyes were in shock and their justice loving souls were delighted. At recess the kids didn't want to go. At lunch they wanted to return early to hear the end of the story, and as if by devine intervention, when I read the last line of the book, and closed the cover, the kids let out a satisfied sigh, smiled for a moment, and the dismissal bell rang. I taught no lessons on my first day. I taught no spelling. No math. No history. I only read a book. Cover to cover. By an author that knew what children needed and wrote in a way that children understood and appreciated. It was a great start for a teacher. And I doubt any of those third graders ever forgot the day they were read to for 6 hours.

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Swagger Mcjagger 09 January 2013

His writting has such a swagger to it.

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Reggie Cheung 07 December 2012

He is a super great talented author too. I recommend Matilda. A story about a remarkable girl.

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Amy Willows 28 September 2013

the cinderella poem is nice at least she didnt marry the prince

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Jaylen Wade 08 November 2021

His poems are the best ever

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Maria Mettao 06 March 2021

I love his poems....

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Pokeloluu 26 January 2021

I absolutely ADORE his poems

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aliyah baghame 20 January 2021

u did good but fix your word but i had a hole paragraph but it had deleted it because it said only 300 words but need to fix your words then the story would of been good

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BECKIE 05 December 2020

I like his poems they are soo good.

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The Best Poem Of Roald Dahl

Television

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink --
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK -- HE ONLY SEES!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

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Roald Dahl Quotes

27 April 2016

“Those who dont believe in magic will never find it.”

27 April 2016

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who dont believe in magic will never find it.”

27 April 2016

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

27 April 2016

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

27 April 2016

“Dont gobblefunk around with words.”

27 April 2016

“It doesnt matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

27 April 2016

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

27 April 2016

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldnt be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

27 April 2016

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

27 April 2016

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

27 April 2016

“Matilda said, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy its unbelievable...”

27 April 2016

“Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”

27 April 2016

“Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? Its made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”

27 April 2016

“Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.”

27 April 2016

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”

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