From the publisher
Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 – November 23, 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 the Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At 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 writier 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.