On a recent trip to the United Kingdom I was given a surprise gift by my family. They were going to take me to visit the Roald Dahl museum, home of one of the greatest writers of books for children. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined that I would one day go to see the home of the man that has been an inspiration to me for so many years. Yet, here I stood inside the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. It was spectacular. There is very little left of the house where he had spent 36 years of his life. The Museum building now stands where the house once stood in the village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, England. They did however spend a great deal of time with the décor. There is the actual shed that was in his backyard that he had converted into a writing den. It was here that he spent his days writing his famous books.
What fascinated me was the amount of school children that were there for the tour. They get given workbooks where they are encouraged to write their very own stories. All sorts of activities are there to be enjoyed. In my opinion, I would highly recommend that one goes there… a must if you are a fan of the man.
Other than being a prolific writer, Roald Dahl possessed a few other talents that few know about. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. Although he was told that he was way too tall to be a pilot. He never once allowed that to dampen his resolve and became a pilot nevertheless. At one time he was left with little choice but to make a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. He spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria as a result.
Born in September 13, 1916 he had a long and prosperous life that took him all over the world. At the time of his death on 23rd of November 1990 he had amassed a long list of accomplishments. A list that ranged from numerous short stories, amazing poetry, he wrote the screenplays for several movies and many movies were made that were based on his books. His books, most of which were written for children, have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide
So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall...
These Are Some Of My Favorite Roald Dahl Books
There Are Many More To Choose From
Matilda Wormwood's father thinks she's a little scab. Matilda's mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda's headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she's the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she's an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind - and now she's had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget.
The famous story of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket, and Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory. Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens his gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children.Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await - Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his!
Mr Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard.
Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye.
Together they make the nastiest couple you could ever hope not to meet.
Down in their garden, the Twits keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage. But not for much longer, because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits, once and for all . . .