Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

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What do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Tales of the Unexpected have in common?

They were all penned by Roald Dahl.

Schools across Cambridgeshire have been taking part in celebrations to mark the much loved author’s centenary this week.

Children at Spring Meadows School and The King’s School in Ely have been dressing up as their favourite Dahl characters from books including Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and The Enormous Crocodile.

Students are The Lantern School in Ely will be taking part in a Roald Dahl Day on September 23.

Born on September 13, 1916, in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl became a fighter pilot, novelist, poet and screenwriter, selling over 250 million copies across the globe.

As well as writing popular kids’ fiction, including Matilda, The Witches, The Twits and The BFG, he also penned dark adult fiction, including Tales of the Unexpected.

Many of his stories were illustrated by Quentin Blake, including his hilarious collection of Revolting Rhymes – a poetic twist on classic children’s fairytales.

How many Dahl characters do you recognise?