Roald Dahl Topic Guide

Roald Dahl is considered to be one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century. During his lifetime, he wrote nearly 50 books, most of which were for children. Many of his books have been turned into films.

Dahl loved to invent words, and made up over 500 of them in his books, such as “swigpill” (disgusting food) and “exundly” (exactly). These words are known as “gobblefunk”.

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Roald Dahl Facts

  • Dahl’s books have been published in 34 different languages.
  • Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of September 1916 in Cardiff, Wales.
  • His parents were Norwegian and he visited his grandparents in Norway during the summer holidays when he was young.
  • When he won the Whitbread prize for The Witches in 1983, he gave the prize money to a children’s hospice.
  • Roald Dahl was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and could fly a Tiger Moth biplane.


James & the Giant Peach

Enjoy this terrific reading of James and the Giant Peach by Avengers starTaika Waititi and his friends via video call.

Running time: 17:25

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Presenters Dick and Dom explain why ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl is their favourite children’s book.

Running time: 6:14

Roald Dahl On His Writing Process

A fascinating video where Dahl shares his writing routine and his ideas for Matilda.

Running time: 4:13

Fantastic Mr Fox Trailer

Use this video to compare the film to the book. Is this how you imagine the story?

Running time: 2:31


Roald Dahl 15 Book Box Set Collection
This amazing box set contains 15 of Dahl’s best loved books.
Whizzpopping Joke Book
This collection of hundreds of great jokes would make even the Trunchbull laugh!
The World of Roald Dahl Mad Libs
Fill in the blanks in these stories inspired by Dahl’s greatest books!
Revolting Rhymes
Dahl’s classic retellings of fairy stories are hilarious!
Dirty Beasts
Another book of funny rhymes about animals, this time about animals.
Roald Dahl's Colours
Younger children will love learning their colours in this fun book.
The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl
Dahl fans will love this scrapbook about the books and characters.
Rhyme Stew
More hilarious rhymes about fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

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