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The Magnificant World Of Roald Dahl
The Magnificent Roald Dahl
The Magnificent Roald Dahl couldn't be more of an understatement for this true magician of words. For decades his stories have captivated children from 5 to 95. His creativity is not to be underestimated and the love of reading that his work has fostered in countless numbers of children is second to none. Hopefully in this lens you will be provided with an insight into the life of this great man and an overview of some of my favourite stories.
The Life of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was born in Wales in September 1916. He suffered tragedy early in his life when both his father and older sister died, Roald as only three at the time. His mother was left to raise the family on her own, this included two step children as well as four of her own. The children all attended the local kindergarten.
Roald's early life is described in the novel "Boy", including the time he spent at the local school before being sent to a boarding school in Weston-super-Mare two years later. The accounts of his time here indicate that it was not the most pleasant of experiences for a young boy to have in the pre-teen years, and he absorbed himself in reading. He remained there until he was thirteen.
At this time his family relocated from their home in Wales to Kent on the South-East coast of England and Dahl was then sent to attend Repton Public School. The account presented to us in "Boy" indicate that this was even worse than his prior school.
Once his education had finished Roald decided that he wanted a life filled with adventure, which would allow him to see the distant shores that he had read about in the likes of Kipling so in 1934 he obtained a position with Shell Oil in London, and after training was posted to Tanzania in 1938.
Roald Dahl's Life on Amazon
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Easy Reads by the magnificent Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl wrote a wide range of stories of varying lengths. The size of the book however is absolutely no reflection on the quality of the humour and wonder contained within their pages. Here are my opinions on some of Roald Dahl's shorter children's stories.
- The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me:
- The Minpins
- The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl Easy Reads
These are shorter Roald Dahl books that are great for kids that are just starting to see them as capable readers. They contain all the magnificent magic of his longer works.
Shorter Chapter Books
- The Magic Finger. This story is a little longer and set out as a chapter book. It is a great one to use in the classroom as all the children can relate to the frustration felt by the main character towards her neighbours.
- Fantastic Mr Fox
- George's Marvelous Medicine
- The Twits