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Toby Book’s Author Visits The Roald Dahl Museum

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On a recent trip to the United Kingdom I was given a surprise gift by my family. They were going to take me to visit the Roald Dahl museum, home of one of the greatest writers of children’s books. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined that I would one day go to see the home of the man that has been an inspiration to me for so many years, and who helped me believe in the potential of Toby Books. Yet, here I stood inside the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

It was spectacular. There is very little left of the house where he had spent 36 years of his life. The Museum building now stands where the house once stood in the village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, England. They did however spend a great deal of time with the décor. There is the actual shed that was in his backyard that he had converted into a writing den. It was here that he spent his days writing his classic children’s books. What fascinated me was the amount of school children that were there for the tour. They get given workbooks where they are encouraged to write their very own stories. All sorts of activities are there to be enjoyed. In my opinion, I would highly recommend that one goes there… a must if you are a fan of the man.

From Children’s Books to Poetry and Beyond

Other than being a prolific author of both adults and children’s books, Roald Dahl possessed a few other talents that few know about. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. Although he was told that he was way too tall to be a pilot. He never once allowed that to dampen his resolve and became a pilot nevertheless. At one time he was left with little choice but to make a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. He spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria as a result.

Born in ‎September 13, ‎1916 he had a long and prosperous life that took him all over the world. At the time of his death on 23rd of November 1990 he had amassed a long list of accomplishments. A list that ranged from numerous short stories, to classic children’s books and amazing poetry. He also wrote the screenplays for several movies and many movies were made that were based on his books.

An Inspiration for Toby Books

His books, most of which were written for children, have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. It was because of Roald Dahl that I found a love for reading and – it is, I think – one of the reasons why I became a writer. Click on the link to find out more about tobybooks.com – Children’s books that I have written.

So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall…

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