Roald Dahl - September 13, 2014

Happy Birthday to Roald Dahl! Born on this day in 1916, Dahl was a fighter pilot in the British Royal Air Force in the 1940s and survived a crash in Libya. He spent six months recovering in an Egyptian hospital and subsequently wrote a short story about the experience, which was published in The Saturday Evening Post. Dahl wrote several adult short stories but, with the publication of James and the Giant Peach in 1961, he turned towards children’s literature. With other classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Danny, the Champion of the World, The BFG, and Matilda, Dahl became one of the best-known and most beloved writers of children’s books of the 20th century.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Dahl wrote two screenplays; one for a children’s movie and one for an adult film. What were they?

a) Dr. Dolittle and The Dirty Dozen

b) Mary Poppins and Casino Royale

c) The Jungle Book and Cool Hand Luke

d) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Watch an animated version of Dahl’s poem “The Porcupine” from his collection of poetry called Dirty Beasts

QUOTE OF THE DAY

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

~Roald Dahl

DID YOU KNOW…

Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal were married for 30 years.

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice