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Roald Dahl's Phizz-Whizzing Collection  : 15 x Paperback Books in a Boxed Set - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's Phizz-Whizzing Collection

15 x Paperback Books in a Boxed Set

By: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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15 Fantastic Stories!

A Phizz-Whizzing Collection!

By Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake!

This set Includes:

  • 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
  • Matilda
  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  • The Witches

About the Author

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.

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: 9780140926521
ISBN-10: 0140926526
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 2227
Published: 1st October 2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom