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Last Updated: Wednesday September 13 2006 16:26 GMT

Roald Dahl celebrations kick off

A detail from Fantastic Mr Fox

Kids across the country have been celebrating what would have been the 90th birthday of children's writer Roald Dahl.

Parties, exhibitions, readings and events have been held to remember the author, whose books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches.

Dahl died in 1990. His books have sold more than 100m copies worldwide.

He dreamed up some of his great characters in a hut at the bottom of his garden, where he liked to write.

Last year, a Roald Dahl museum opened at his home in Buckinghamshire, which has attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

A special train took visitors to the museum to mark the event.

The author's daughter Lucy said: "He understood children and identified with them.

"This is like a great big happy birthday party to acknowledge him.

Ugly

Stormbreaker writer Anthony Horowitz is a big Roald Dahl fan.

"He was perhaps the first author to take the children's side and collude against the smelly, ugly, stupid creatures that inhabit the adult world," he said.



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