15 Fantastic Stories!
A Phizz-Whizzing Collection!
By Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake!
This set Includes:
About the Author
- The Magic Finger
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Esio Trot
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Boy: Tales of Childhood
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
- The Twits
- James and the Giant Peach
- Danny, the Champion of the World
- George's Marvellous Medicine
- Going Solo
- The BFG
- The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
- The Witches
Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff to Norwegian parents. Both his elder sister and his father died when he was three, and his mother bought up her other four children in South Wales and later in Kent. When World War Two broke out, he enlisted in the RAF and became a fighter pilot of the 80th squadron. You can read more about this time of his life in the books, Boy
and Going Solo
. It was after a serious crash over the Libyan desert, where he suffered terrible injuries, that he started writing. After the war, Roald Dahl moved to Washington DC and began writing short stories for adults.
His first children's book was published in 1944, The Gremlins
. His second children's book came in 1961 - James and the Giant Peach
- and it is still a bestseller today. After this, he wrote a string of bestsellers, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, which was voted the best children's book of all time.
Roald Dahl died in November 1990 aged 75. During his life, Roald Dahl came to be known as one of the greatest storytellers ever; he was a constant winner of 'Author of the Year' awards and his books are translated into 37 different languages.
About the Illustrator
Quentin Blake gained a reputation as a reliable and humorous illustrator of more than 300 children's books. As well as illustrating the books of others, including Joan Aiken, Roald Dahl, Elizabeth Bowen and Dr. Seuss, Blake has written numerous books of his own. As of 2006, he has participated in the writing and/or illustrating of 323 books (of which he wrote 35 himself, and 18 were by Dahl). He taught at the Royal College of Art for over twenty years, and was head of the Illustration department from 1978 to 1986. He recently illustrated David Walliams's debut book, The Boy in the Dress
and his more recent book Mr Stink