Roald Dahl is one of the most popular and well-known authors in the world! I am sure you have heard of stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits etc! He was famous for his creativity, imagination and his love to invent new words to play around them in the books, such as the word 'scrumdiddlyumptious' (which means delicious) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more new words he had created! In this blog, we would love to share a few fun facts with you about this great author! Let us know which one surprises you the most! 1) Since 2006, every 13th of September (his birthday) is marked as 'Roald Dahl Day' to commemorate his legacy. On this day every year, we celebrate how much joy he had brought us through his stories and characters. 2) Although he was considered a British author, his father, Harald Dahl, was a Norwegian who came from Sarpsborg, a small town near Oslo. Therefore, Roald Dahl was actually of Norwegian descent. 3) Oxford University Press created a special Roald Dahl Dictionary, featuring almost 8,000 real and imaginary words which he loved to use. He also called his language 'Gobblefunk'. 4) Many of the characters and stories created by Roald Dahl were actually inspired by his childhood, as well as the people and places around him. Take Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as an example, this story was inspired by his childhood. The chocolate maker Cadbury's used to taste-test their chocolate bars at the Repton School in South Debyshire, which Roald Dahl was a boarder there from 1930 to 1934. He used to dream that he would invent a new chocolate bar and win praise from Mr Cadbury. The School believed that this experience sparked his lifelong love of chocolate and thus culminated the famous story. 5) Roald Dahl fought in World War II and he was a spy! In April 1942, he was sent to Washington DC to join the British Embassy as assistant air attaché. Dahl became a spy working in a division of MI6 alongside Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Roald Dahl then wrote the film storyline for the 5th James Bond movie <You Only Live Twice>.
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