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"Pages are chock-a-block with photos of young Dahl and his environs, reproductions of relevant regalia; relevant quotes from Dahl's books, and, of course, Quentin Blake's wiry, goofy art." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""Dahl's revealing writing, open and full of wicked humor, is certain to endear the beloved writer known to his family as "Boy" to a new generation." --"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
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When I was in fifth grade, after lunch recess our teacher would provide us with a delicious twofold treat: rest and a good book. She would read to us as we unwound from running around, playing and all-things-commonplace to elementary school lunch periods. With our heads down or eyes wandering the room, we listened joyfully to our teacher reading many Roald Dahl book titles: "James and the Giant Peach" (my favorite!), Charlie's memorable adventures ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" plus "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"), and many others. To my delight, when I visit most elementary and middle school libraries, there are usually many of Mr. Dahl's books on the library shelves.
Strangely enough, when I was an elementary and middle school student, I do not remember reading Mr. Dahl's autobiographies: "Boy: Tales from Childhood" and "Flying Solo", so as an adult and running a public middle school library, I became acutely aware of these titles in our library's biography-autobiography book shelving section.
On my recent visit to the local public library, I delightfully discovered this "updated", reformatted edition of "Boy". Printed on high quality book paper, I eagerly thumbed and skimmed through the book pages. Unexpectedly, I discovered that this edition (published in the U.K. in 2008 then 2009 in the U.S.), included many of the author's personal photos, initial and subsequent writing drafts, plus "fun facts" (such as on page 155, we learn "Roald Dahl liked to play tricks all his life. One of his favorite practical jokes was decanting cheap plonk (definition: poor quality wine) into empty wine bottles of an excellent vintage. He loved to watch his guest's reactions when they drank it.") This tidbit, of course, was eloquently woven into the chapter titled "Goat's Tobacco".
This book is an excellent read on many levels: read-aloud to children, teens and adults revisiting the joys of Mr. Dahl's many books, plus anyone who would like to delight their "inner child". Many of the author's books narrate from the child's viewpoint, commonly an "underdog". In the process of memorable storytelling, the author subtlety unfolds lessons of courage and resilience. This book is no exception.
Ever wonder how Roald Dahl became a writer? He eloquently explains it on pages 139 to 144 (in the chapter titled, of course, "How I Became a Writer"). While the headmaster and school staff were away at the pub on Saturdays, in came his inspiration: Mrs. O'Connor.
Bill Garcia Solis runs the library at Ocean View Junior High School, in Oxnard, California