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About the Author: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.

His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story "The Landlady"; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".


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Paperback, Published in Dec 2016 by Puffin

ISBN10: 014134055X | ISBN13: 9780141340555

Page count: 128

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Joke Book is full of jokes, limericks, riddles, Knock knock and Doctor, doctor! Here is a perfect joke book for young children, specially themed around Roald Dahl's best-loved characters such as Charlie, George, The BFG, Matilda, James and many others.
Roald Dahl was always full of fun and mischief and loved all kinds of jokes - the sillier the better! From chocolate-covered chickens to grizzly grouchy grandmas to the disgusting Twits this marvellous collection has over 400 jokes, and includes Roald Dahl's very own, extremely silly 'Knock, knock' jokes - guaranteed to keep his fans amused for hours.
Illustrations throughout by the inimitable Quentin Blake.
Which famous writer goes best with a hot dog? Roll Dahl of course!
Listen to Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios!
Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

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