October 22, 2008

Roald Dahl

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If you’ve read a book by Roald Dahl — and with titles like The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to choose from, you probably have — then you understand just how wacky, twisted, and unique Roald’s imagination really was.

An early indication of things to come: the young Roald Dahl concocted a plan with his friends involving a dead mouse, a jar of candy, and a mean candy shop owner (you do the math) that resulted in a caning (ouch!) from the head of his school. Roald dubbed it the “Great Mouse Plot of 1924.”

Here a few more Dahl Facts:

  • He was very tall, reaching a full height of 6’6″.
  • He flew a fighter plane — and crashed — during World War II.
  • He was buried with his snooker cues (like pool cues), some good red wine, chocolates, pencils, and his power saw.

—Amy, Scholastic.com Editor

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