The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions on Roald Dahl!
What games did Roald Dahl like to play? At school, Roald Dahl's favourite game was Conkers. His best ever conker survived 109 conker contests! When he was older, Roald Dahl's favourite game was snooker. He had a snooker table in his house and used to invite his friends to play!
What was Roald Dahl's first and last book? His first book was called The Gremlins.Gremlins are little creatures that live in fighter planes and cause all sorts of mischief and mayhem. His last book was called The Vicar of Nibbleswick and is all about a vicar who wakes up one day and says words backwards...with hilarious consequences!
Did Roald Dahl have any pets? Yes! He had lots of pets. He had 3 dogs named Eva, Jelly and Chopper. He also had a goat called Alma, who makes an appearance in George’s Marvellous Medicine, a tortoise called Alfie and hundreds of homing budgies.
How many children did Roald Dahl have? He had five children, 4 girls and 1 boy, named Olivia, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia and Lucy. Sadly Olivia died from measles when she was only 7 years old. Roald kept a portrait of her in his Writing Hut so he could always see her.
What was Roald Dahl’s nickname? In the RAF everyone called him ‘Lofty’ as he was so tall. He was 6 foot 5 and three quarters! When he worked with Walt Disney on a film of his book ‘The Gremlins,' Walt couldn’t pronounce 'Roald' so he called Roald Dahl 'Stalky,' because he was tall like a beanstalk.
There are lots more Dahl facts in D is for Dahl (published by Puffin Books in 2004). Many of them were found in Roald Dahl's archive. Why not have a look yourself to find some of your own? Go to our Explore the Archive page to find out how.