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More About Boy [Paperback]

Roald Dahl

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Book Description

Sept. 8 2009
Twenty-five years ago in Boy, the world’s favorite storyteller recollected scenes from his youth—some funny, some frightening, all true. More About Boy is the expanded story of Roald Dahl’s childhood, with his original text augmented by never-before-seen material from behind the scenes, and some of the secrets that were left out. Dahl’s adventures and misadventures during his school years are crowded with people as strange and wonderful as any character he created and are as exciting and full of the unexpected as his celebrated fiction.
This special keepsake hardcover edition is filled with personal memorabilia such as family photos, letters, report cards, plus dozens of illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as a quiz to test the knowledge of Dahl afficionados of all shapes and sizes.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin UK (Sept. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414989
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #544,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-90) is the beloved author of classics such as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE WITCHES, both made into movies. His birthday, September 13th, is celebrated around the world as Roald Dahl Day.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book Review: "More About Boy - Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood" (Updated 2009 edition) March 16 2010
By William G. Solis - Published on
Another new-book gem that I recently picked up from the local public library. Although commonly categorized as a book title "for children", it has a "Web 2.0" feel and includes a lot of primary source documents. So, it would appeal to all age groups.

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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought to read to my class....they like it! Sept. 5 2012
By petite mommy - Published on
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As part of encouraging my reluctant readers, I read a chapter of a book that I find interesting to them, as a reward or for a springboard for writing/discussion. This has the same stories as in "Boy: Tales of Childhood" but it includes more letters, footnotes, and pictures that help explain the background of the misadventures of Roald Dahl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More fun for Dahl fans! Jan. 18 2011
By subliminal - Published on
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One of my very favorite books since I was in 7th grade (I'm 23 now!) I was delighted to find this version of my favourite book with even MORE fun facts, stories and pictures added in! A wonderful and fun read for old and new Roald Dahl fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book Oct. 28 2013
By Clementine - Published on
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This book is wonderful and not only for children. The tales of childhood are so vivid, that you actually live it yourself. Certain things of childhood you remember again: things you long forgot, for instance: liquorice bootlace, gobstoppers, and all the other - what we call in dutch - fairground sweets. Absolutely a magnificent book: 10 out of 10 (don't forget to read the serial: "Going solo" by Roald Dahl.

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