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Boy [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Book Description

Jan. 27 2009
Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories?

From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don’t yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed!

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From School Library Journal

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.

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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Book: "Boy" Dec 24 2003
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy May 5 2003
By Zach
Format:Paperback
BOY
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy May 5 2003
By Zach
Format:Paperback
BOY
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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Thank goodness Dahl survived this pack of childhood horrors and hilarity or the world would have been short one unmatchable children's writer. Read more
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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... Read more
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The book Boy by Roald Dhal has a simple title. The title doesn't explain a lot but it is short and plain. The book gets better and better when I read it. Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by Trevor Alkire
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature Genius, Fascinating person, & Incredible Stories
In the autobiographical book "Boy Tales of Childhood" by Roald Dahl, Roald explains some of the highlights, downs, and most memorable moments of his life. Read more
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It takes no dummy to realize that Roald Dahl is a writer of some significant talent, whether he's writing horror for adults or playful fantasy for the smallest of children. Read more
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