Children’s Book Author Connected More with Children Than Adults
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
At the height of his literary success, British author Roald Dahl decided to write a tribute to a father he had barely known and a boyhood he had never experienced. Dahl wrote most of his story in an antiquated gypsy caravan that he had rescued and refurbished as a playhouse for his young children who had long outgrown its charms. Set in the bucolic landscape of Buckinghamshire in southeastern England, where he had retreated to with his family, Dahl unfurled a tale of a young boy and his widower father as they careen from one adventure to the next, filled with the excitement of never knowing what each day will bring.