More About Boy

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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 his most marvelous stories in the years to come. This stunning new edition includes some wonderful and strange things that have NEVER been seen before! Some funny, some frightening-all true.

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Overview

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 his most marvelous stories in the years to come. This stunning new edition includes some wonderful and strange things that have NEVER been seen before! Some funny, some frightening-all true.

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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text and artwork from Dahl's 1984 autobiography Boy, this reworked and expanded version also incorporates previously unpublished materials from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in England, as well as excerpts that have appeared in earlier books.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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414989
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 389,693
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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 PeachMatildaThe 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

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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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

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