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The Roald Dahl Treasury - Roald Dahl

The Roald Dahl Treasury

By: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Published: 19th September 2016
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'Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.'

The Roald Dahl Treasury is a delightful collection by and about the World's Number One Storyteller.

Four inspiring sections - Animals; Magic; Family, Friends and Foes; and Matters of Importance - introduce some of Roald Dahl's most popular characters, from the Enormous Crocodile to the Twits, from the Witches to the BFG, from James to Matilda.

Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore, all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake as well as other much-loved artists, including Raymond Briggs, Babette Cole, Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman.

This book is the perfect gift for Roald Dahl fans and for all those yet to discover his magic.

About the Illustrator

Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted in the New Year's Honours.

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: 9780141369228
ISBN-10: 0141369221
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 19th September 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.5 x 20.4  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.71
Edition Number: 1