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Roald Dahl's Heroes and Villains : A First Roald Dahl Treasury - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's Heroes and Villains

A First Roald Dahl Treasury

Hardcover

Published: 1st November 2013
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
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A treasury containing some of Roald Dahl's most magnificent heroes, monstrous villains and memorable stories

Enjoy four fabulous full-colour stories featuring some of Roald Dahl's most magnificent heroes and monstrous villains: The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine

In the good corner find inventive George who stands up to his grizzly, grumpy grandma by mixing a potion unlike any other. And meet Mr Muggle-Wump and his family, whose bravery and quick-thinking lead to extraordinary events.

In the bad corner Mr and Mrs Twit are the most terrible twosome you could ever have the misfortune to meet. And beware the crafty, child-guzzling crocodile...

About the Author

The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author. His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. He died in November 1990.

"A sheer delight of a book which will be enjoyed equally by children just coming to know the wonder of Roald Dahl, as well as adults who will love to recapture childhood memories. A perfect selection to give an excellent picture of the work of this ever-popular author. Of course, the book is illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake and the high quality glossy paper shows his illustrations off to perfection. Another one for the family library." Parents in Touch "Four of Roald Dahl's best loved stories, including The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine, which feature some of his most delicious heroes and villains are gathered together in this attractively presented treasury. With Quentin Blake's wonderfully entertaining illustrations to accompany the tales, this is sure to be a popular addition to the family bookcase and an ideal introduction to this much-loved author." Carousel

Roald Dahl

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!'

After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!).

With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward. Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo.

Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Forester sent Roald Dahl's work straight to the Saturday Evening Post. Roald Dahl's growing success as an author led him to meet many famous people including Walt Disney, Franklin Roosevelt, and the movie star Patricia Neal. Patricia and Roald were married only one year after they met!

The couple bought a house in Great Missenden called Gipsy House. It was here that Roald Dahl began to tell his five children made-up bedtime stories and from those that he began to consider writing stories for children.

An old wooden shed in the back garden, with a wingbacked armchair, a sleeping bag to keep out the cold, an old suitcase to prop his feet on and always, always six yellow pencils at his hand, was where Roald created the worlds of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many, many more.

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ISBN: 9780857551252
ISBN-10: 0857551256
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.14