Boy and Going Solo

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Roald Dahl's personal stories together in one edition!

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! Boy includes tales of sweetshops and chocolate, mean old ladies, and the Great Mouse Plot. And then Going Solo tells of how, when he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa and later went flying with the Royal Air Force.

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Overview

Roald Dahl's personal stories together in one edition!

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! Boy includes tales of sweetshops and chocolate, mean old ladies, and the Great Mouse Plot. And then Going Solo tells of how, when he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa and later went flying with the Royal Air Force.

Presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Fans of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda will be entranced by actor Derek Jacobi's amusing and captivating narration of the formative years of Dahl's life. Listening to the boyhood antics of this world famous and best-selling author provides a glimpse into where he got some of the plot ideas and inspirations for his most popular books. Dahl's upbringing was, by any standard, eccentric. In Boy (FS&G, 1984), the first of his two autobiographical titles (the second is Going Solo), he details many of his more unusual boyhood adventures, such as almost losing his nose in a car accident, the "Great Mouse Plot" of 1924, and boarding school antics in prose that will leave listeners laughing out loud. Jacobi's wry delivery is completely unselfconscious, and his pacing is perfect. This audio treat will appeal to Dahl fanatics of all ages.-Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142417416
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 385,967
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Starting-point
Papa and Mama 13
Kindergarten, 1922-3 21
Llandaff Cathedral School, 1923-5 (age 7-9)
The Bicycle and the Sweet-shop 27
The Great Mouse Plot 35
Mr Coombes 38
Mrs Pratchett's Revenge 45
Going to Norway 51
The Magic Island 57
A Visit to the Doctor 64
St Peter's, 1925-9 (age 9-13)
First Day 69
Writing Home 74
The Matron 79
Homesickness 86
A Drive in the Motor-car 91
Captain Hardcastle 99
Little Ellis and the Boil 112
Goat's Tobacco 115
Repton and Shell, 1929-36 (age 13-20)
Getting Dressed for the Big School 123
Boazers 128
The Headmaster 130
Chocolates 133
Corkers 136
Fagging 140
Games and Photography 146
Goodbye School 151
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  • Posted September 16, 2012

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    Dahl's memoir has experiences you'll recognize from books you love!

    I’ve always been a big Roald Dahl fan, both of his books and the books that have been turned into movies. I loved “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Matilda” just to name a few.

    I had been meaning to read “Boy” and “Going Solo,” Dahl’s two memoirs, and started them the other day. I was unbelievably surprised to find out that Roald Dahl’s birthday was September 13th (and he would have been 96 years old)! I mean, what kind of coincidence is that?

    Anyway, I decided to talk about both books in one post because they are very much related. ”Boy” is the story of Dahl’s childhood, and follows his life up to age 20. ”Boy” is filled with humorous stories that have inspired many of his books.

    For instance, we learn that Dahl attended boarding schools under mean headmasters, and an even nastier matron, who bears a striking resemblance to the Trunchbull from “Matilda.”

    Dahl spent his early elementary days, aged 7-9, obsessed with a neighborhood candy shop and the Gobstoppers inside it (inspiration for Willy Wonka?), and even had his hand (ah, I made a pun that will only be recognizable if you read the book!) in a prank on the candy shopkeeper that he calls the Great Mouse Plot of 1924.

    Dahl was also lucky enough to go to a boarding school that Cadbury would send samples to in order to find out what kind of chocolates young boys enjoyed!

    “Boy” is a fabulous read, with many stories that can easily be linked to some of his most popular novels.

    I highly recommend reading “Boy” is you want a humorous look at the youth of one of the most famous and well-loved children’s authors.

    “Going Solo,” on the other hand, would be better for those people who wanted to know more about Dahl’s military life, which contained fewer references and story lines related to the books we grew up with.

    “Going Solo” was about Roald Dahl’s experiences in the military, with exploits about flying planes and secret missions. While I liked the book, I did get bored with the military aspect towards the end. If you like Roald Dahl and enjoy reading about the military, you might enjoy “Going Solo.” Otherwise, stick with “Boy,” which is a read that I think many more people would enjoy.

    What is your all time favorite Roald Dahl story?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca from LoveAtFirstBook blog

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