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Boy: Tales of Childhood by [Dahl, Roald]
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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)

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6810 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00358VHYM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
"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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Well written of course, interesting, funny and sometimes quite horrific! (Some of the men that ran the private schools Dahl attended, by today's standards they would have all be arrested and sent down for life!) Glad times have changed.
I love Dahl and this tale of his childhood reminds me of why. I can also see where he got his ideas from. Cadbury sending chocolate testing boxes, to his school..... : )
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Such an interesting read, I am Glued to the pages and will be buying part 2 as soon as I finish this!
I have been a fan of Roald Dahl all my life, I Love his stories and feel I shall be revisiting many of my old favourites Very soon indeed, as well as exploring some that I haven't yet read.
What a Wonderful autobiography of a Wonderful man, with such a Loving family background and so intrigued by the world around him, coupled by some extracts of letters written to his Mother throughout his life make for a compelling read. Learning of his lust to travel and experience new countries from such a young age, alongside his photography skills to capture what he finds along the way are truly inspirational.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, fan of his or not, there will be something in here to capture your interest and imagination.
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By A Customer on 2 May 2004
Format: Paperback
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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