"I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually IS a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But - here comes the big BUT - NOT impossible.”
Roald Dahl, The Witches
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facts and revolting lies
The sticky notes below contain fifteen statements about Roald Dahl, his work, and his life. Ten are facts, while the rest are complete lies. Can you spot them?
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Afterwards you may check your answers by comparing them with the key at the bottom of the page.
"those who don't believe in Magic, will never find it"*
Since the 1960s, Roald Dahl has kept children of all ages entertained. Being a masterful storyteller, he managed to create books filled with fantasy, humour and colourful language. The characters in the stories are most often children, who somehow end up in totally absurd, but exciting adventures. Several of his characters have been inspired by people Dahl met while growing up, especially during his school days. Many of his children's books have been adapted for the scene or the cinema. Funny, since Dahl himself did not like going to either the cinema or the theatre, because his legs were so long that he found the seats uncomfortable. Today his books have been translated into astonishing 58 languages. Find out who is the Norwegian publisher of Roald Dahl's books here.
But who was really Roald Dahl?
Roald was born in 1916 in Llandaff, a small community in the north of Cardiff, capital of Wales. Both his parents were Norwegian immigrants. His father, Harald, had immigrated to Wales first, and when his first wife died, leaving two children behind, he went back to Norway. There he married Sofie Hesselberg, with whom he settled down in Llandaff. Together they got five children, among them Roald. His father and his eldest sister died when Roald was just three years old. This meant that his mother had to raise the remaining six children by herself.
Being from Norway, his mother knew plenty of stories about mythical creatures and trolls which she passed on to her children. His father had been very fond of writing a diary, and Roald himself kept a secret diary since he was very young. In this way, both his parents seem to have inspired Dahl as he began writing stories years later. Initially Dahl wrote books merely for adults, but after fifteen years or so, when he got children of his own, he began writing children's books, and this is how most people remember him today.
*Roald Dahl about his writing.
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Sticky notes template arranged by Mette Nøstdahl.
Sist redigert: 24.04.16, M.I.
Facts and revolting lies: All of the statements are true, except nr.2, 4, 6, 9, and 15.
Nr.2: He did not start writing for children until he got children of his own; nr.4: Dahl unterwent six operations on his spine and had two steel hips; nr.6: Originally the main character of "The BFG" was a boy called "Jody", but Dahl changed the character to "Sofie" after he got a granddaughter called Sofie; nr.9: He was not very fond of going to the theatre nor the cinema, since he felt uncomfortable because of his long legs; nr.15: He was actually buried with some of his favorite objects, but they included, amongst others, his HB pencils, chocolate, red wine, and a power saw (no books).
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Roald, at age 8.