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Author - Roald Dahl
In 1961 Dahl wrote about a boy called James and his adventures with a giant peach.

Author - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff, to Norwegian parents. He attended boarding schools in Weston-Super-Mare and Repton and then began working for Shell Petroleum Company in Africa. During World War II Dahl joined the RAF and shot down 5 enemy aircraft, qualifying him as a fighter ace.

His first published writing was, A Piece of Cake, in 1942. His first children's book, Gremlins, followed a year later. He went on to write 17 children’s books in all, as well as 2 adult novels, 3 books of children’s poetry, 9 works of non-fiction, 1 play, 1 radio serial and 6 film scripts – not to mention numerous episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Tales of the Unexpected for American and British TV. He died on the 23rd of November 1990 at the age of 74.

Most people associate Roald Dahl with children's books but do you know anything about his other work? Find out in this fun quiz!

1.
What was the title of Dahl's first children's book, published in 1943?
The Gnomes
The Goblins
The Gremlins
The Grumbleweeds
Dahl wrote the book for Walt Disney Productions, as a promotion for a feature-length animated film. The film was never made
2.
What was the title of the TV series based on Dahl's short stories for adults?
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexplained
Tales of the Unexploded
Tales of the Unexpurgated
The series attracted big stars such as John Mills and Janet Leigh
3.
Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916, but what nationality were his parents?
Danish
Finnish
Norwegian
Swedish
Roald's father, Harald Dahl, had emigrated to Britain from Norway in the 1880s. His mother, Magdalene, came over in 1911
4.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie's surname?
Bucket
Buffet
Bullet
Bunnet
At the end of the novel Willy Wonka declares Charlie his heir and Charlie's family move into the factory
5.
Which children's book contains chapters called The Frog Princess and The Spaghetti Incident?
The Nits
The Nitwits
The Squits
The Twits
The book sometimes makes adults feel physically sick, but kids love it
6.
What is the first name of Dahl's granddaughter, the model who made a controversial poster advertisement for Opium perfume in 2000?
Sadie
Sammi
Sophie
Suzie
Sophie in The BFG is named after Dahl's granddaughter
7.
Dahl married which actress in 1953?
Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Neal
Patricia Richardson
Patricia Roc
The couple were married for 30 years, before they divorced in 1983
8.
What is the title of Dahl's 1961 children's story in which the title character's parents are swallowed by a rhinoceros?
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Pear
James and the Giant Plum
James and the Giant Prune
The book has often been censored, particularly in America where it is the 56th most frequently challenged book
9.
What is the name of the spoiled brat in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
Veruca Mustard
Veruca Pepper
Veruca Salt
Veruca Vinegar
Ironically, the name Veruca became popular for girls in America after the book and subsequent films were released. The character's name is a play on words for, as every Briton knows, a verruca is in fact the name for a wart on the sole of one's foot!
10.
What is the title of Dahl's 1982 book of children's poetry that puts a new slant on fairy tales?
Rancid Rhymes
Regurgitated Rhymes
Revolting Rhymes
Rotten Rhymes
In these versions Goldilocks doesn't escape from the three bears and Little Red Riding Hood shoots the wolf

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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