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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Original edition (Sept. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322131
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Rosen, the self-proclaimed # 1 Roald Dahl fan, is a broadcaster, children's novelist and poet and the author of 140 books. He was appointed as the fifth Children's Laureate in the UK in June 2007 and held this honor until 2009.

Quentin Blake has illustrated over three hundred books, including most of Roald Dahl's children's books. He lives in London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A perspective from an "adult kid" fan of Dahl Sept. 19 2013
By Yi-Peng - Published on
Format: Paperback
The children's books of Roald Dahl mean a whole lot to me even as an adult. So I keenly read and peruse any new Dahl-related book or publication. In this review I am imagining myself as a child who is reading this for the first time.

This Michael Rosen biography is different from previous biographies of Dahl, for adults and for children. It does not focus on a straightforward cradle to grave narrative of his life, although there is a clear cradle-to-grave thread. Instead it arranges itself according to themes: Dahl as a boy, Dahl as a man and finally Dahl as a writer. The famed children's poet and one-time Children's Laureate writes very well and engages the reader. He paints a convincing portrait of Dahl by analysing his writings, and shows us how he became a children's author in his later years. Admittedly this biography overlooks the other facets of Dahl when it focuses on his children's writing. In a way this is good for this book because it offers a succinct account of what influenced his children's writing, and there is not much accessible lay man's literature on this all-important aspect of Dahl.

However, I notice some weaknesses in the presentation, and I don't blame Rosen at all. I wish that he had been parsimonious in presenting some of his points. By this I mean that it would have been good if he had spent less time dwelling on one point. For instance, it would have been good if he had said less about the headmaster who caned Dahl and his friends for the Great Mouse Plot. It would have been good if he had said that in those days it was the norm for teachers and headmasters to cane their naughty pupils and that Dahl in his writings made these beatings appear funny while telling his readers it was wrong. Also, I notice that he occasionally breaks through the "fourth wall" with anecdotes and asides to the reader. This can be helpful in explaining what life was like in those days and even explaining and describing sensations that would have been felt back then. I admit that these asides may be a bit disruptive and hold up the flow of the book.

This is a pretty good portrait of Dahl for a junior biography. Though this may not be an ideal read, at least Rosen writes in a sparky, engaging way that Dahl would have approved of. There are some other junior biographies of Dahl that might suit youths between the ages of 10 and 12, but this is pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting Dec 6 2012
By joyful - Published on
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I wanted to know the mind behind these stories and now I do. Quirky, very human and lovable. I want more.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Roald Dahl. March 28 2016
By Chipmunker85 - Published on
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I am a huge Roald Dahl fan and so I enjoyed this book, however, if you haven't read Dahl's autobiography "Boy" I would recommend reading that. This book quotes a little from it, but adds very little. This book offers a little more insight into Dahl's writing than does his autobiography. If you are a Roald Dahl fan and are looking for a quick read, I would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic indeed! Aug. 12 2013
By Yvonne B - Published on
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There is no doubt that this is originally a book to explains fantastic Mr Dahl and his work to children. But I loved it!!! ( I have not been a child for quite some time) Rosens voice is gentle but never patronising - fun and informative. A great read for any fan of Roald Dahl - young or old or anywhere in between.
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned some stuff Feb. 23 2013
By Jane Hinrichs - Published on
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I am a big Roald Dahl fan. And the way Mr. Rosen wrote this is quite nice -- very personal. Plus, he gives some details I didn't know. If you are a Roald Dahl fan, read this book. It is a quick read,