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Vicar Of Nibbleswicke Hardcover – 9 May 1991
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"Imagine what would happen if a nervous young parson were re-afflicted with a peculiar strain of his childhood dyslexia, so that he unknowingly pronounced backwards only the most significant word in every sentence. Blake's daffy illustrations have long captured the outrageous humor of Dahl's text, and this collaboration proves no exception. Of special interest is the illustrator's touching tribute at the end of the book, both to the late author's talent and to his "passionate belief in the importance of reading," which inspired this, his last book."--Publishers Weekly
"Slim but handsomely designed, with a series of cheery pictorial vignettes and a brief tribute to the late author from his frequent collaborator, one of Britain's leading comic illustrators. Just a dram of Dahl, but vintage."--Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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. He died in November 1990.
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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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