10 Roald Dahl Facts

Think you know all there is to know about Roald Dahl? Think again! Have a look at these fantastic facts about Roald Dahl and you just might be surprised by some of the information.

  1. Most people think that Roald Dahl’s first children’s book was James and the Giant Peach, but it wasn’t. The Gremlins, published in 1943, was his first book for kids.
  2. Roald Dahl received a letter in 1971 from a real-life Willy Wonka. This Willy Wonka didn’t own a chocolate factory. He lived in Nebraska and worked as a postman.
  3. Most people know that Roald Dahl wrote books for both children and adults, but did you know that he also wrote screenplays? Dahl penned the screenplays to the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and the children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  4. Roald Dahl was fluent in three languages: English, Norwegian and Swahili. He learnt to speak Swahili when he was working in Africa for Shell in the 1930s.
  5. Roald Dahl was a giant of a man. At 6’5” (about 198cm) Roald Dahl would have towered over most of his readers and fans.
  6. Dahl loved eating chocolate, though he didn’t much care for chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake. It is said that when he was a young man, Roald Dahl’s hair was the colour of milk chocolate.
  7. One of Roald Dahl’s most treasured possessions was an old, red exercise book. He used to jot down his story ideas in this book so that he wouldn’t forget them.
  8. The anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday on 13th September is celebrated in schools and libraries all over the world as Roald Dahl Day.
  9. Roald Dahl died at the age of 74 on 23rd November, 1990. He was buried in Great Missenden with some items that he treasured, including: snooker cues, chocolates and HB pencils.
  10. The grandmother character in The Witches is based on Roald Dahl’s mother, Sofie.