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Boy: Tales of Childhood: Autobiography [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Oct. 15 2012
Roald Dahl's account of his childhood is now reissued in a beautiful hardcover format, with -- for the first time -- Quentin Blake's stunning illustrations.
     Roald Dahl writing about his own childhood is a treat for any Dahl fan -- young or old. These stories are warm, touching, funny and show the development of one of the UK's most treasured children's writers.

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Grade 4-7-Fans of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda will be entranced by actor Derek Jacobi's amusing and captivating narration of the formative years of Dahl's life. Listening to the boyhood antics of this world famous and best-selling author provides a glimpse into where he got some of the plot ideas and inspirations for his most popular books. Dahl's upbringing was, by any standard, eccentric. In Boy (FS&G, 1984), the first of his two autobiographical titles (the second is Going Solo), he details many of his more unusual boyhood adventures, such as almost losing his nose in a car accident, the "Great Mouse Plot" of 1924, and boarding school antics in prose that will leave listeners laughing out loud. Jacobi's wry delivery is completely unselfconscious, and his pacing is perfect. This audio treat will appeal to Dahl fanatics of all ages.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A shimmering fabric of his yesterdays, the magic and the hurt Observer Brilliantly coloured, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical Sunday Times As frightening and funny as his fiction New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BOY by Roald Dahl May 17 2004
By A Customer
BOY is the most incredible book you could ever READ!!!If you haven`t read this book,then you don`t know very much about Roald Dahl,do you?BOY is about Roald Dahl as a child with his Papa and Mama,his brothers and sisters:Alfrild,Ellen,Elsa,Astin,and Radyr.It starts from the time he was born to the time he left school.There are some gross parts in this book but I can assure you that there are many,many silly parts in this book.I hope you will read and enjoy this book because it is an awesome book and you will enjoy this wonderful book,Boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! Feb. 8 2004
Usually, if an author writes really hilarious and original books, you don't expect their life to be just as great. And Roald Dahl's life isn't that way- his life is way more exciting!
When I first read this book, I couldn't believe that anyone's childhood could be that interesting. By the end, you'll believe... from The Great Mouse Plot to putting goat droppings in a pipe and smoking it,there's never a dull moment. A fantastic thing for a kid to discover, and for all who are a true kid at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't miss it, the story of a faumus aurther." Dec 31 2003
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Boy is a great book. it is about the childhood of Raold Dhal. Back then there was no seat belts in the cars. Will Roald Dahl loes his noes because of that? People used to use a thing called a cane in school to disaplen children. If it was used on you you would have a bruse on your bottom for 3 weeks. The cane is used on Roald Dhal 2 times but is talked about 3 times. Roald Dalh and his family go on a trip evry summer and this summer his sisters boyfiend comes along. His sisters boyfreind smokes a sagar. While he is swimming Rold Dalh gets the perfect idea useing poop. This is a hlarus part of the story but you can not find out what happens unless you read it. When Roald Dahl goes to a regular school in his own twoun he does a pretty meen thing. He finds a dead moues but what will he do with it? You will have to read the book to find out. All that I have left to say is, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK OR ELS YOU WILL BE MISSING OUT BIG TIME!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Book: "Boy" Dec 24 2003
Recently, my second grader had a school project, "All about me" which is a collage of who they are. She breezed thru all the usuals, "favorite food," "favorite subjects" etc., when it came to favorite book, I thought she'd pick something more recent like "A Christmas Carol" or one of Cam Jansen or Junie B. Jones, but with endearment in her eyes, she wrote "Boy" by Roald Dahl. I was quite surprise because she read this in first grade. In fact I read two chapters ahead of her so I would be able to explain anything that she didn't understand. I love the book, myself. I think it is told in a frank and sincere manner, without trying too hard to be nostalgic or sugary. I do think at times that Dahl can be very matter of fact about all the sad things that happened in his life, the death of his little sister, the death of his father, and also the realization that god and religion isn't what it's all cracked up to be, which ironic because he was educated in expensive religious institutions. You will find this in the later part of this book, when one day he was watching the news and saw the old, sadistic school master being crowned by the queen as the new Archbishop of Canterberry. Also, I had to explain what corporal punishment is and how it isn't used anymore and why children in olden days were being sent to live away from home in order to go to school. It also gave my six year old a chance to use her imagination on what's it like growing up in a different time in a different place. Ofcourse her favorite part is the dead mouse in the candy jar and all the really funny illustrations of Quentin Blake. If you have an older child, you could probably let her/him read this book alone, but if your child is between 5-7 years of age, it is best if you read a few chapters ahead, like I did so you can help them understand some of the more perplexing and strange parts about growing up A la Roald Dahl. Enjoy.
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Thank goodness Dahl survived this pack of childhood horrors and hilarity or the world would have been short one unmatchable children's writer.
From sliced off noses, to dead mice and goat tobacco, my sides ached with joy to read these stories over and over. They can be read in any order and match James and the Giant Peach or BFG in their sheer wonderment and charm, you will barely believe it to be true.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Boy May 16 2003
By Austin
The Boy by Roald Dahl, This book is about Roald Dahl its all about his life and all his Wonderful times he had like going to norway for vacation and all the crazy things he did when he was little one of the things he did pull a trick on this candy shop lady but im not in liberty to tell you will just have to read the book to find out more. Personly i didnt like the book because there was hardly and action or real exciting parts. So I didnt like it because i like alot of action. I think this is he worst book he has writen so far. Just because its only about his childhood and growing up going to school witch doesnt intrest me much some parts like were he Savtadged his sisters boyfriends pipe. His whole family thought it was funny exept his sister and her boyfriend. So all in all i gave the book 1 star because there was no action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy May 5 2003
By Zach
BY: Roald Dahl
This book is an autobiography about the author?s life.
In addition to his mother and father, Roald had five siblings, two brothers and three sisters. His father became wealthy selling ship supplies. He died when Roald was a baby.
Roald went to a preschool and kindergarten close to his home. The headmaster beat him with a cane after he and two classmates played a prank at a candy store. After this event, his mother was determined to send him to an English boarding school because his father had always believed that English schools provided the best education.
Roald had a difficult time at the boarding school because he was sent there at such an early age. One time he broke his pencil while taking a test and asked to borrow one from a classmate. He was accused of cheating and was beaten by the headmaster. Another time, he was so homesick he faked being ill. His mother came and took him to the doctor. The doctor advised him not to pretend to be ill and to return to school. The doctor never told Roald?s mother that he was pretending to be sick.
One of the highlights of his stay at boarding school was that the Cadbury Candy Company sent samples of new candies they were testing. The students had to fill out a survey to tell the company which candies they liked best. Also, he learned photography and took pictures for the school. He even had his own darkroom.
Roald?s boarding school experience was difficult but he learned to be a great writer of children?s books as a result of the education he received.
The book was well written and easy to read with some exciting parts. It was not a book I enjoyed a whole lot. I really don?t like autobiographies and it was hard for me to identify with the characters.
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