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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (3 Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140348913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140348910
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after 'a monumental bash on the head', sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
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My only complaint is that this book was too short. It made me laugh out loud and I thought the way it treated the problem of dyslexia was practical and fun, instead of being some weighty, miserable essay about trauma it put a smile on my face. Perfect.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2000
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I really enjoed reading the book.It made laudh so much my checkes began to hurt.My favorite part was when the rev was trying to say sip and came out piss,also when he was trying to say park it came out crap
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Only 19 pages long, including plenty of Quentin Blake illustrations, this is a short story with a simple plot, written almost at the end of Roald Dahl's life. It was written as a fundraiser for The Dyslexia Institute, and the story is of relevance to the charity.

When young, the future Vicar of Nibbleswicke, Robert Lee, with the help of some excellent teachers and, of course, The Dyslexia Institute, was able to overcome his dyslexia. "By the time he was eighteen his writing and reading were more or less normal". Robert went to train as a Vicar and all continued well until he arrived at Nibbleswicke, suffered a panic attack and began to pronounce some words backwards. His own surname became Eel, God became dog and, when pronounced backwards, some words a Vicar might want to use as he talks to his parishioners are not at all polite!

There lay misunderstanding and some serious problems. And of course giggles for the reader of this book, plus no doubt the inspiration to examine other everyday words to see how their meaning changes if pronounced backwards.

Besides his illustrations, Quentin Blake adds an afterword of appreciation of Roald Dahl and some background information about this particular book.

In all, it's a nice package, and if it's a bit lightweight that can be forgiven in the circumstances that Roald Dahl had only a short time still to live and that worldwide copyright was auctioned for charity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 3 Sept. 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. The way the vicar accidently says important words backwards makes some extremely funny scenes, for example instead of telling the knitting group that each one of them "knits" the word becomes "stink". I also think the way some backwards words sound like the vicar is swearing adds to the interest and humour. James
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2000
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I loved this book! It was one of the few books which made me laught out loud! I can read it over and over again! EXCELLENT!
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I wanted something by Roald Dahl that my year 5 class had not read before... And I came across this. Completely inappropriate to read with children in school because of two dodgy words (they rhyme with 'trap' and 'hiss'!) but I would suggest it to parents with a sense of humour. I read it in bed in about ten minutes and ended up waking my partner up because I couldn't stop laughing. It will definitely make you giggle and could be an amusing stocking filler for the 'Hyacinth Buckets' in your family. Also, it's great for anyone with dyslexia as it sheds a little humour around the topic.
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A really nice short story which deals with the issue of Dyslexia but in a fun lighthearted way. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke suffers from it and his congregation think he is barmy as it impacts his speech. The interactions he has with them is quite amusing and at times damn right funny. When its finally discovered what the problem is the solution to the problem is equally hillarious - walking backwards to ensure he can talk forwards ! :)
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If you saw this at schoool and never read it or your in your last year of Junoir school whilst rude words are still funny or you just want a bit of a laugh and a quick read this is a book for you. It's not a long book, it's got all the Rohld Dahl hall marks and the coulor illustrations from Quinten Blake all in all a great quick read
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