Roald Dahl is believed to be one of the best children's writers of the 20th century. Just a few of his most famous works include, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The Witches. Dahl was an amazing imaginative writer, whose characters include a cigar-smoking grandmother and an eccentric chocolate factory owner. The world that Dahl created is both dark and fanciful: terror lurks in the shadows, but hilarity reigns, a delicious combination that makes Dahl’s books equally enjoyable for adults and children. In addition to his children's books, Dahl also had a successful career writing short stories for adults that were known for their dark humor and surprise endings.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales, and had Norwegian parents. Dahl's mother told Norwegian folk tales and legends to her children when they were young, and the magic of the stories stimulated the imagination of the young author.
Short story (text) The Hitchhiker, by Roald Dahl
Audio Version The Hitchhiker