BIOGRAPHY • Roald Dahl was born on 13 September 1916 in Llandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents. Roald’s father and sister died when he was 3 years old. His mother Sofie was left to raise her 4 children Alfhild, Roald, Else and Asta plus 2 stepchildren. From an early age Roald loved books and his mother was a great story teller. Roald kept a diary from the age of 8 and would hide it from his sisters at the top of a large tree, he would climb up to the top of the tree and would make entries in his diary. • Roald attended Llandaff Cathedral School but had an unhappy time at school. Roald and his friends would visit the local sweet shop, gazing through the window at the large assortment of lollies in jars. From the age of 9 Roald attended St Peter’s boarding school which he liked even less. Miss Trunchball a character from his book Matilda was based on the Matron at St Peter’s, she had a dislike for small children and would wield her cane. A young Roald Dahl
BIOGRAPHY continued • When Roald was 13 he attended Repton a public school in Derbyshire where he excelled at sports. His english teacher said that he “was quite incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper”. This school was situated near the Cadbury factory which was his inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. • Roald Dahl was married twice, his first wife was Patricia Neal, they had 5 children; Olivia, Theo, Tessa, Ophelia and Lucy. Roald and Patricia divorced in 1972. Patricia suffered 3 strokes when she was pregnant with Lucy she made a full recovery and had a healthy daughter. • Sadly Roald has endured sadness his eldest daughter Olivia died at the age of 7 from measles that developed into encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Theo, Roald’s son was brain damaged after a road accident at the age of 4 months. • Roald’s Roald and first wife • children Patricia Neal
BIOGRAPHY continued • Roald married second wife Felicity Crosland in 1983, although they were born in the same street in Llandaff they did not meet until 1972. A few months before his own death, his stepdaughter Lorina died of a brain tumour. • Roald gave time and money to help people in need throughout his life, when he died the Roald Dahl was set up by Felicity to continue his tradition of helping children in the areas of Literacy, Neurology (because his family had been badly affected by problems in this area) and Haematology because Roald himself suffered from a blood disorder Myelo-dysplastic anaemia. • Roald died 23 November 1990 aged 74 Felicity Crosland
AUTHOR – Children’s Stories • BFG (1982) • Charlie and the chocolate factory • Charlie and the great glass elevator • Danny the champion of the world • Dirty Beasts • The Enormous Crocodile • Esio Trot • Fantastic Mr. Fox • George’s marvellous medicine • The Giraffe and the pelly and Me • The Gremlins • James and the Giant Peach • The Magic Finger • Matilda • The Minpins • Revolting Rhymes • The Roald Dahl Treasury • The Twits • The Witches • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
AUTHOR – Non Fiction & Film Scrips Non Fiction • The Midenhall Treasure • Boy – Tales of Childhood • Going Solo • Memories with food at Gypsy House • Roald Dahl’s guide to railway safety • My year Film Scripts • The Gremlins • Maltilda • 36 Hours • You Only Live Twice • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang • The Night Digger • Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
AUTHOR – Adult Fiction & Short Story collections NOVELS • Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen • My Uncle Oswald SHORT STORY COLLECTION • Over To You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying • Someone Like You • Lamb to the Slaughter • Kiss Kiss • Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More • The Best of Roald Dahl • Tales of the Unexpected • More Tales of the Unexpected • Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories • The Roald Dahl Omnibus • Two Fables – Princess and the Poacher & Princess Mammalia
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LIFE AND WORK “Boy” is a fascinating memoir of Roald Dahl’s childhood. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is that you can see the real events and preoccupations that shaped Dahl’s fiction writing. As Anne Faundez writes in Junior Education, “His delight in the sweet shop and in chocolate bars, his fascination with flying, his interest in nature and his brush with bullying and corporal punishment are just some of the personal experiences with stayed with him and which he wove into his stories.” The book features many black-white photo and extracts from letters in Roald Dahl’s own handwriting.
SYNOPSISChapter Summaries for Fantastic Mr Fox Chapter One - The Three Farmers There three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. They each own a farm. Boggis was a chicken farmer, Bunce was a duck and goose farmer and Bean was a turkey and apple farmer. Chapter Two - Mr. Fox Mr. Fox lived in a hole in the woods near a huge tree in a hole with Mrs. Fox and their 4 small foxes. Mr Fox went to go and get some food for his family. The three farmers made a plan that they would find the hole that the foxes live in and shot them. Chapter Three - The Shooting Mr Fox and Mrs. Fox decided to have duck for dinner. Mr. Fox crept out of their hole and went to bunces duck and goose house. Mr. Fox saw a barrel gun. He bolted back to his hole, but he wasn’t quick enough one of the farmers shot his tail. Chapter Four - The Terrible Shovels Mr. Fox couldn’t sleep because of his tail. He sat there and got a fright because he heard a shovel digging through the roof of their hole. Everyone jumped and was panicking then they began digging as fast as they possibly could.
SYNOPSISChapter Summaries for Fantastic Mr Fox Chapter Five - The Terrible Tractors The three farmers kept digging until morning, they still had not come the foxes. The three farmers decided to use tractors to dig them out. It wasn’t long before they could see daylight. Chapter Six - The Race Now there was race between the machines and the foxes. The farmers didn’t stop for lunch because they were too keen to find the foxes. People in the village were crowding around the hole and looking at the huge hole. Chapter Seven - We’ll Never Let Him Go The farmers that drove the tractors had, had enough of driving the tractors but they said that they will definitely not let the foxes go! Chapter Eight - The Foxes Began to Starve The three farmers put up their tents and they each had their food while waiting for the foxes to come out of their hole or starve. The farmers turned on the powerful tractor headlights and waited… The foxes were so hungry. Bunce had thirty six men working at his farm, Boggis had thirty-five and bean had thirty-seven together that’s one hundred and eight, so then there was one hundred and eight men watching and waiting for the foxes to come out of the hole.
SYNOPSISChapter Summaries for Fantastic Mr Fox Chapter nine - Mr Fox Has a Plan Three days later the three farmers waited and waited and waited for the foxes to come out of the hole. Down in the hole the foxes for slowly but surely starving to death. Mr. Fox had a good idea, it was that they needed to keep digging to somewhere. Chapter ten– Boggis’ Chicken House Number One Mr. Fox said to the other foxes to dig in a special direction. The four foxes and Mr. Fox stopped digging and Mr. Fox felt wooden planks above them and he lifted one of them and they went into Boggis’s chicken house number one. Mr. Fox was very happy, Mr. Fox took three plump looking chooks and went back to Mrs. Fox. Chapter eleven– A Surprise for Mr Fox One of the small foxes ran back to Mrs. Fox as fast as he could and told her that they had food and they wouldn’t starve. They were all very excited. Chapter twelve– Badger The three other foxes and Mr. Fox dug back fast and straight back to the others. They heard a deep voice that said “Who goes there?” The foxes jumped. They looked up and saw a black fury face, it was Badger. Badger told them that can’t go out of their hole because the farmers are watching them as well and that they are all dying of hunger. So Mr. Fox decided to invite them to their big feast, and Badger’s friends.
SYNOPSISChapter Summaries for Fantastic Mr Fox Chapter Thirteen - Bunce’s Giant Storehouse Badger, the four small foxes and Mr. Fox dug to Bunce’s giant storehouse and took four plump young ducks, a few geese, a couple of nice smoked hams, and a side of bacon, then two of the smallest foxes went to take the food back to their hole and. Chapter Fourteen - Badger Has Doubts There was only the smallest fox of them all, Badger and Mr. Fox. They are going to get some apple cider from Bean. Mr. Fox got to a brick wall instead of wooden planks. Chapter Fifteen - Bean’s Secret Cider Cellar Mr. Fox pulled away the brick, Mr. Rat popped his head out and he told them to go away. Mr. Fox threatened him and then the rat moved out of the way. Mr. Fox, Badger and the small fox went into Bean’s secret cider cellar they each tried some cider and then they heard a woman’s voice they were very nervous, and tense. Chapter Sixteen - The Woman They all hid very quickly. The woman was Mabel, Bean’s daughter. She was getting two jars of cider for Bean. Badger, the small fox and Mr. Fox hid behind two jars of cider. Mabel reached out and grabbed for the two jars next to where Badger, the small fox and Mr. Fox were hiding.
SYNOPSISChapter Summaries for Fantastic Mr Fox Chapter Seventeen - The Great Feast Badger, the small fox and Mr. Fox went back to their hole. They were so hungry they already started the feast. Mrs. Fox called out, “A toast” she wanted to tell everyone what a great fox Mr. Fox was. They all clapped and cheered and kept tucking into their dinner. Chapter Eighteen - Still Waiting The three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean and the other one hundred and eight workers were still waiting. And since then the farmers are still waiting for the foxes to come out of the hole. They have been taking food from their farms without them knowing.
CHARACTERS Mr Fox, he is the main character off Fantastic Mr Fox. Mr Fox is a really nice Fox. He cares about his family and he will risk anything to save his family and close friends. Boggis, Bunce and Bean – one fat, one short, one lean. These are the farmers and are the meanest horrible crooks so different in looks were none the less equally mean.
LANGUAGE • In fantastic Mr Fox there is no made up language.
ADVERTISEMENT Fantastic by name Fantastic by nature Genuinely original … touching, hilarious and unforgettable Fantastic Mr. Fox is a wonderful story that makes you laugh. Child to adults will enjoy this book. Anyone with a sense of humour will love this book as much as I do! Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the nastiest three farmers you could ever meet. They hate Mr Fox and plan to shoot, starve or dig him out of his hole. But Mr Fox is much cleverer than they are and he has a cunning plan of his own. Read “Fantastic Mr. Fox” today!
AWARDS • 1954 Wins Edgar Allen Poe award and Mystery Writers of America award. • 1959 Wins second Edgar Allan Poe Award and second Mystery Writers of America Award. • 1972 Wins New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • 1973 Wins Surrey School award for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • 1975 Wins Surrey School award for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator • 1978 Wins Nene award for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and Surrey School award for Danny and the Champion of the World. • 1979 Wins California Young Reader Medal for Danny and the Champion of the World • 1980 Wins third Mystery Writers of America award. • 1982 Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award for The BFG and Massachusetts Children's Award for James and the Giant Peach • 1983 Wins New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Children's Book Groups Award, and Whitbread Award all for The Witches. Also wins World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award.
AWARDS cont • 1984 Wins Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis for The BFG • 1985 Wins Kurt Maschler award runner–up for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me and Boston Globe / Horn Book nonfiction honor citation for Boy – Tales of Childhood • 1986 Wins West Australian Award for The Witches and International Board on Books for Young People awards for Norwegian and German translations for The BFG • 1988 Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award for Matilda • 1990 Wins Smarties Award for Esio Trot • 1997 Wins Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years" for The BFG • 1998 Matilda voted "Nation's Favorite Children's Book" in BBC Bookworm Poll. • 2000 Wins Millennium Children's Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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