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More About Boy
     

More About Boy

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
 

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More About Boy is the story of Roald Dahl's very own boyhood, as told in Boy, featuring never-before-seen material from behind the scenes, and some of the secrets he left out. Enjoy tales of sweet shops and chocolate, mean old ladies and a Great Mouse Plot--the inspiration for some of the world-famous, bestselling books he would eventually write. This

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More About Boy is the story of Roald Dahl's very own boyhood, as told in Boy, featuring never-before-seen material from behind the scenes, and some of the secrets he left out. Enjoy tales of sweet shops and chocolate, mean old ladies and a Great Mouse Plot--the inspiration for some of the world-famous, bestselling books he would eventually write. This stunning new edition includes some wonderful and strange things that have NEVER been seen before! Some funny, some frightening--all true.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Containing the entire text and artwork from Dahl's 1984 autobiography Boy, this reworked and expanded version also incorporates previously unpublished materials from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in England, as well as excerpts that have appeared in earlier books. From harrowing accounts of a doctor's visit to have his adenoids removed (“He spoke gently, and I was seduced by his voice. Like an ass, I opened my mouth”) to school life (including several run-ins with a cane), Dahl's revealing writing, open and full of wicked humor, is certain to endear the beloved writer known to his family as “Boy” to a new generation. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This scrapbook-style book is a wonderful addition to Dahl's original biography, Boy (Farrar, 1984), the full text of which is included here. The stories of the author's life are interspersed with photographs, drawings, letters, school report cards, postcards, and memorabilia, which help to illustrate his fascinating life experiences. Readers can see how eccentric family members have made their way into his novels. Dahl's many fans will eat up this glimpse into his world, and history lovers will appreciate the detail of his record keeping. This is a great recommendation for middle school libraries in which engaging biographies are few and far between.—Mairead McInnes, Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142414989
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
535,863
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

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

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