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Roald Dahl
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5 April 2001
The remarkable story of Roald Dahl's early years at school and with his family.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141311401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141311401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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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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Roald Dahl's account of his childhood is now reissued in our beautiful hardback format, with - for the first time - Quentin Blake's stunning illustrations --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy by Roald Dahl 20 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Lots of people know Roald Dahl by his fantastic books of Charlie and the chocolate factory or James and the giant peach. If wanted to find information about his early life, this book would be the place to look.
The Boy is sort of an early childhood autobiography. He says this isn’t a biography but really it is. The story is told in time order. For example a story about Roald’s Dad is told before Roald Dahl being born. If you enjoy short true stories then this is the book to read.
The piece of text is in sections Starting Point, Llandaff Cathedral School, St Peter’s and Repton and Shell. The sections are then put into stories. For example The Great Mouse Plot or the First Day. It also tells us the years it happened like St Peter’s; 1925-1929 (age 9-13). There are a lot of real life photos of Roald Dahl and his family. There are also he own drawing in there. For example there is some of Mrs Prachett. The stories in the book might be real or might be fictionalised. I just don’t know because this book wasn’t written at the time it was happening it was written about memories and these memories might be wrong. This book can tell you what schools were like at the 20s and 30s.
This piece of text has lots of stories so you don’t need to have a lot of time to read a whole story. You also need to be able to read different kinds of stories with cruelty in. You can read these stories to people because they are very entertaining. I don’t think you could make a play out of it like Peter Pan.
I read the text by myself. I told one story to my brothers and they really enjoyed it. I suppose you can only read this book if you know who Roald Dahl is.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Author biography for young readers 10 May 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
It’s an accepted fact that most young readers prefer fantasy to biography. If given the choice between the ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ or the latest J K Rowling or Jacqueline Wilson, few children would choose the biography, despite it being an essential addition to their library. However, Roald Dahl’s true-life stories of his childhood are the ideal cross-over, helping the young reader discover that truth can be as fascinating as fiction.
As always, Roald Dahl’s style of writing is highly accessible and great fun to read. Millions of children are familiar with his hilarious fantasy stories (Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Witches), so are more likely to read this slightly more serious book than they would other biographical material.
‘Going Solo’, Dahl’s sequel to ‘Boy’ is one of the most gripping little books I have ever read. I strongly recommend both books to children of all ages … adults too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mr Dahl gives pleasure whatever he writes. "Boy" however , is a marvellous evocation of an age which, frankly, you need be over 50 and British to recognise from first hand experience. He really captures time and place and the quirky way in which youngsters then viewed the world - whether funny or angst ridden. Others have commented on the detail but I'll add that one cameo he puts in about Dr Fisher (Head of Repton and subsequently Archbishop of Canterbury) as a sadistic flogger of boys is certainly true. I met the dreadful man as a schoolboy of about 15 when he visited my quite distinguished public school to give a speech or somesuch and his gaze seem drawn to the tightly-trousered backsides of the boys in CCF uniform parading as a guard of honour and then at the tennis squad doing their best in an exhibition match again in hip-hugging white shorts - you could feel that he was 'taking aim' and relishing the thought. Ugh, what a monster. Anyway, Dahl gets this and everything else so right that no-one should miss this quintessential portrait of England 50 years ago - quite extraordinary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the wonderful story of boy 24 Nov 2005
By A Customer
"boy" by roald dahl is a truely wonderfully written book. the book reads more like a story than a biography but it still gives you an insight into the amazing imagination of roald dahl.i have been a fan of roald dahl since my childhood but this book and its companion biography "going solo" are my two favorite books by this magnificent author. i would highly recommend this book
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, funny book 2 May 2004
Roald Dahl was a big part of my life as a child, as his books sent my imagination out of control! Now i am 18 and i can still sit down with one of his books and be completely absorbed for hours at a time. I read 'Boy, tales of childhood' yesterday and couldn't put it down. I felt as if i was being taken on a journey with Roald Dahl, back to England in the early 20th Century, and to the beautiful sounding Norway. I cringed as he described the pain of the cane, and laughed at the 'Great Mouse Plot' of 1924. Roald Dahl was an extremely mischievous little boy, and this makes the book a thoroughly exciting read.
An interesting aspect of the book is that the characters Dahl describes from his childhood are often similar to the ones he later constructed in his wonderful children's books, showing how childhood had a big impact on his later life.
Roald Dahl was a wonderful writer, i personally see him as genius, he was my childhood hero and this book is a truly amazing read.
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