I’ve wanted to write a little something about Roald Dahl for a long time. Yes, everyone knows him for his children’s books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and Esio Trot seem to always have a permanent place on the bookshelves of many young readers. Yet there is more to Dahl than his beloved children’s books. His short stories for adults are among the best around. They are highly original, deeply engaging and filled with unusual characters who stand out from the ordinary but seem strangely familiar.
Dahl has been around for the long time, rising to eminence long before J.K. Rowling and writing before the days when series fiction was needed to draw young readers in. Roald Dahl appeals to children because he takes them seriously and endeavors to treat them well. Dahl created worlds where magic lived just along the edges of ordinary life and where a shove in any direction would turn that life upside down.
Dahl’s personal life was filled with its own share of the unexpected. His autobiographical books including Boy and Going Solo detail his early school days