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On September 13, 1916, Roald Dahl came into the world by his Norwegian parents in Llandaff, South Wales. Growing up Dahl was the biggest troublemaker in school. When he was four, Dahl’s father tragically died and his wish was for Dahl to go to an English school. SO Dahl’s mother granted her husband’s wish by enrolling Dahl to the Llandaff Cathedral School. But after getting into big trouble, Dahl was moved to St. Peter’s Boarding School and then to Repton. As Dahl suffered through the gruesome years of school, it inspired Dahl to write some of his fictions. When he finally graduated from Repton in 1932, Dahl started working in an oil company but since World War II was starting, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force becoming a fighter plane. When he was in Egypt, Dahl got into a severe plane crash causing him to get a head injury. This caused him to stop flying and moved to Washington, D.C. to become assistant air attache which caused him to start writing short stories. He started working for the Saturday Evening Post and gradually became more and more popular. 1943 was when Roald Dahl officially made his first children’s story called The Gremlins. Dahl’s imagination was sparking and he created many more children’s short stories. Most of his stories was inspired by his children. Having five children, Dahl would always try to come up with new stories to tell to his children and that’s how he created/published the popular book, James and the Giant Peach. Most of Dahl’s story were strange and creepy causing some controversy if children should even read these stories. But many children loved Dahl’s story because of its weirdness. Dahl somehow connected with the many children in this world making them love his books. He continued to publish many more books and even write the movie scripts for some of his books. Dahl became very successful and he was known to be able to connect with all children through his weird yet exciting books. Dahl later died on September 23, 1990 from an unknown infection.

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