Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He
spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work
for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out,
he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the
age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he
began to write. His first short story, which recounted his
adventures in the war, was bought by "The Saturday Evening Post,"
and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda," "The BFG," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
An abbreviated version of Dahl's classic story takes to the pop-up stage, accompanied by Blake's scraggly pen-and-ink caricatures. Gatefolds, mini-booklets, and pop-ups reveal the major plot points of the story ("Two Golden Tickets Found Today!" shouts a headline on a foldout newspaper), with a towering glass elevator on the final spread. Smart use of interactive elements-many of which focus on the grim fates of Charlie's fellow ticket-holders-makes Wonka's already magical world feel even more so. Ages 7-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.