The sometimes quirky, often comical, and always delightful Roald Dahl was born in September in 1916. He graced this earth with his imaginative presence for 74 years. During that time he served in the Royal Air force as a flying ace and information officer for WWII.
How valiant. How snazzy!
But we remember him for his writing, and we love him for his characters. His works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine, and The BFG.
What’s the first book a teacher read to your whole class? What’s the first book you checked out of the library? Do you remember the first book that made you laugh out loud? I’d be surprised if the answer to at least one of these questions isn’t a book by Roald Dahl.
Enjoy this whimsical art inspired by his work.
Whimsical Art Inspired by Roald Dahl 1 of 15
So Shines a Good Deed 2 of 15
The master of candy himself speaks these words to Charlie Bucket when he proves his honesty by returning the top secret gobstopper to Mr. Willy Wonka.
You Will Always Look Lovely 3 of 15
Great advice on how to look lovely from The Twits by Roald Dahl.
Believe in Magic 4 of 15
From his book The Minpins, published just a few months after Roald Dahl's death in November of 1990.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox 5 of 15
Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox was a beautiful masterpiece even before Wes Anderson got his paws on it.
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What to Read 6 of 15
Looking for a good read? Try any of Roald Dahl's classics pictured here.
I Understand What You’re Saying. . . 7 of 15
Here's a very polite way to completely ignore advice. I think we've all been on both sides of this Mr. Fox quip.
"Bygum, It’s Gum!" 8 of 15
The Violet Beauregarde hair clip — Don't get it stuck in your hair.
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Roald Dahl 9 of 15
Pop art more your thing? Check out Roald Dahl's distinctive bald pate on purple background.
James and the Giant Peach 10 of 15
It seems as though Roald Dahl himself would have been enchanted by this cut paper art work!
Sweet Dreams Fox 11 of 15
Perfect for your little cub's Fantastic Mr. Fox-themed nursery.
Ode To Violet 12 of 15
Violet Beauregarde, so willfully naughty and, yet, such an inspiring muse!
Minimalist Peach 13 of 15
Great filmmakers, including Tim Burton and Wes Anderson, have always been inspired by Roald Dahl.
Strike That. Reverse It. 14 of 15
The "Strike That. Reverse It" patch, relying on Wonka-isms to say what we mean since 1964.
The Chocolate Factory 15 of 15
I WANT TO GO TO THERE.