From "Matilda" and "The BFG" to "The Witches" and "James and the Giant Peach," millions of kids around the world are gobbling up Dahl's books.
This September, readers have even more to celebrate with Roald Dahl Month.
Dahl was born in Wales on Sept. 16, 1916. He grew up the only boy in a household of sisters, living in England until the age of 18.
As a child, Dahl loved stories and books, but he wasn't a good student, earning poor school reports calling him a poor reader with limited ideas. Writing books for children was not even an interest.
At 18, Dahl went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa, and when World War II broke out, he became a fighter pilot in Britain's Royal Air Force.
In 1942, Dahl was injured and transferred to Washington, D.C. It was there that Dahl began to write. It wasn't long until his first short story — an account of his adventures during the war — was published by the Saturday Evening Post, an American magazine...Source
Born: September 21, 1947
Stephen King is a very popular author of horror fiction. In his works he blends elements of the traditional gothic (bleak and threatening) tale with those of the modern psychological (how the mind works) thriller, detective, and science fiction stories. Source
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
― Stephen King
John Marsden is an Australian writer and school principal. Marsden's books have been translated into eleven languages. While working as a teacher, Marsden began writing for children, and had his first book, So Much to Tell You, published in 1987. Source: Wikipedia
Born: 27 September 1950 (age 70 years), Victoria
Spouse: Kristin Marsden
Education: The University of Sydney
Movies: Tomorrow, When the War Began
Siblings: Robin Farran