What is your favourite Roald Dahl book? Celebrating the life of the Fantastic Mr Dahl Happy Roald Dahl Day! Saturday 13th September would have been Roald Dahl's birthday, and so every year September is considered to be Roald Dahl Month! Roald Dahl Today we are going to find out about the life of this amazing writer. By the end of today’s assembly you should be a Roald Dahl expert! - Born on 13th September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff; - Norwegian parents; - Father died when he was 4; - Roald Dahl coud speak three languages: English, Norwegian and Swahili; - Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74. Six of the best! . At school, he was always homesick . He had to wear a horrible school uniform . Teachers were cruel and often caned the students This later gave him ideas for his stories This is going to hurt me much more than it will hurt you! Second World War - 1939 . He joined the Royal Air Force . He was a fighter pilot . He shot down German planes . He crashed because of poor directions and lack of fuel. But he did recover and later wrote his first story about it. His favourite colour in the whole world was yellow. • He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper. Roald Dahl’s first book for children . In 1943, he published his first children's book "The Gremlins " with Walt Disney. He wrote many books which were made into films..... Published in1961 Film: 1996 He loved chocolate, but not chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream……… • During his years at school, Cadbury, the chocolate company, would send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils. He used to dream of inventing a new chocolate bar that would win the praise of Mr. Cadbury himself, and this was the inspiration for him to write his third book for children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Did you know....... Let’s test your knowledge of Roald Dahl. There will be a merit for each correct answer. Teachers should participate too. Quiz • • • • • • When was Roald Dahl born? Where was Roald Dahl born? When did he die? Name three of Roald Dahl’s books. Where did Roald Dahl write his stories? What was the name of the book Roald Dahl wrote about his adventures in the Second World War? Roald Dahl on writing a book When you're writing a book, it's rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe up onto the top of a hill, and you see something else. Then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape really. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book, because it's got to be the best view of all, when everything comes together and you can look back and see that everything you've done all ties up. But it's a very, very long, slow process. Reflection Give me the courage to become comfortable with books, not daunted. Allow me to appreciate books as a terrific advantage, funny, exciting and wonderful. Roald Dahl said, “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” May your faith support you.