Boy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood

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by Roald Dahl

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So thought Roald Dahl in 1924 when his plan to get revenge on the mean and disgusting candy-store owner Mrs. Pratchett seemed to have worked all too well. Writing about this and other boyhood adventures, the author has recalled only those that stand out as spectacular. "Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always…  See more details below


So thought Roald Dahl in 1924 when his plan to get revenge on the mean and disgusting candy-store owner Mrs. Pratchett seemed to have worked all too well. Writing about this and other boyhood adventures, the author has recalled only those that stand out as spectacular. "Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always remembered them so vividly. All are true." We are told of his first automobile ride, in which he nearly lost his nose; of the canings by Headmasters and older schoolboys; and of the grisly methods of Matrons, those guardians against misbehavior who supervised the dormitories. There were glorious times, too, with his big family at home in Wales; on holiday each summer on a remote island in Norway; and in the class of an endearing math teacher who thought numbers the dreariest things in the world. Roald Dahl's adventures and misadventures during his school years are crowded with people as strange and wonderful as any character he has created and are as exciting and full of the unexpected as his celebrated fiction.

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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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Windrush Books Series
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5.12(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.49(d)
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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Boy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was excelent funny and awesome to read. I definetly recomend picking it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I was so happy to read it to find out what Roald's life was about! I laughed, i cried! Everyone who loves Roald should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Great book revealing Roald Dahl's boy-hood. Being one of my favourite authors it was quite an interesting journey. It also teaches you about their culture, life-style and and the hardships children had to go through back then.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She moans, touching herself. "Oh my god!" She screamed out her body bucking wildly. *nope.*
Anonymous 7 months ago
Drew i think the answere is ill
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Hi i am 12 years old my name is charlotte DeAngelus i am rich and popular i am nice and pritty i have brown hair blue eyes and i am tall and thin i am an olny child i get what ever i want when ever i want it . I have 2 dogs one is a french bull dog his name is hansom jack dooly and my other dog is cyrano he is a rotwiler.My dad is a doctor and my mom stays at home. My family is related to jhon f kenidy the president.i ahve an iphone 6 and an ipad air also a mac book an ipod toch the newet one of them all i also have a boy friend named desi he is so hot he has brown hair and his friend oens launch . Desi and i had our first kiss when we were 11 years old.i am very popular . I am a model for magisines but i have a fake name for those i am also very fasionaable and have many talents i can play the flute and the piano i can sing draw sail surf write good books.i have a made and a butler and a personal cheif i know poeple that u wish that u knew i am not lieing about any of this . My family has a yout and we live in a mantoin i am not going to be an only child any more my mom is pregnet.i love desi and he is comeing over to stay at my house and he is so hot and sexy i know you think i an lieing but i am not i swaer i am telling the trouth about all of this i am sorry about the spelling mestacks i hate spell check it only works ones in a wile good bye and thank you for reading if u have any ?questions? let me know by sending me a text on this send it to CHARLOTTE bye and thanks for reading this
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Loved it
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RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
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? You can share your thoughts with me at my LoveAtFirstBook blog! Thanks for reading, Rebecca
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slimikin More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a biography reader, but a long time ago I read a somewhat autobiographical short story by Roald Dahl in his collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More---I believe it was called "A Piece of Cake." It was so fantastic, so funny, that I've actually been wanting to read more about Dahl's life ever since. While this was enjoyable, certainly more enjoyable than many other biographies I've read, the tone was a little too avuncular for my taste. Much of the spice and outrageous humor I remember from "A Piece of Cake" is missing. That said, I did enjoy the glimpses he offered of Norway, British boarding schools, and a child's life at the start of the 20th century.
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SarahG7D More than 1 year ago
Boy, by Roald Dahl, is a book about his childhood memories as a boy growing up in England and Wales. He started his school years by going to a public school, but left after getting in trouble for scaring a sweet shop owner and getting punished. He left the school in Wales because his mother didn't like how he was punished so she took him out after him term was over. He went to an English prep school from then on and only got in trouble once more and became a successful student. Roald Dahl was Norwegian, every summer holiday they went to Norway to visit his grandparents and travel to "a magic island" off the coast of Norway, which was the thing he looked forward to each summer. His whole family went, his half brother, his half sister, his two sisters, his mother and their nanny, His father died when Roald Dahl has young, so he only knew his father a few years, not long enough to really know him in such a big family, but his father's wish was that one of his children went to an English school and that is what Roald Dahl did. Most all of Roald Dahl's childhood memories gave him his ideas for his books. If you like Roald Dahl and his books this book could be right for you. The book does have some gross parts that were descriptive, so if you don't mind that kind of detail and like to learn how authors get some of their ideas this book could be a good read for you. In many chapters you see some of his letters he wrote home from the boarding school he was at, one of the first ones was a list of things he wanted his mother to send him. "Please could you send me some conkers as quick as you can, but don't send to many, just send them in a tin and wrap it up in paper." Some of the letters are hard to read because they are written out. This book was a good and interesting read for me and I recommend it to you if you often wonder how authors get some of their ideas.
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I really like this book! I think this is one of Roald Dahl's best books. I like how he finds his book stories from his childhood memories. I also like his adventures as a kid. I don't think kids these days would do crazy things like that but you do have to admit they are funny. You would wonder how this man would get his ideas for his book but when you read this, you know all about it. Again I really like this book and how he describes his childhood.:p
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