The Roald Dahl Treasury

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Roald Dahl, adventurer, inventor, fighter pilot, and father, lived an amazing lifeùand turned his life into extraordinary writing. This remarkable collection offers an unparalleled glimpse at a man of enormous sophistication who always kept his childlike sense of wonder. The Roald Dahl Treasury, over four hundred pages long, contains autobiographical material along with much familiar writing. We see an early draft of The BFG alongside a published chapter, and Dahl's notes on tortoises in tandem with the complete ...
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Overview

Roald Dahl, adventurer, inventor, fighter pilot, and father, lived an amazing lifeùand turned his life into extraordinary writing. This remarkable collection offers an unparalleled glimpse at a man of enormous sophistication who always kept his childlike sense of wonder. The Roald Dahl Treasury, over four hundred pages long, contains autobiographical material along with much familiar writing. We see an early draft of The BFG alongside a published chapter, and Dahl's notes on tortoises in tandem with the complete text of Esio Trot. Selections from his autobiographies, Boy and Going Solo, precede stories informed directly by his life. The collection contains much unpublished material, including poems, letters to children (and one written by Dahl as a boy), recipes, inventions, songs, a Christmas card, and even a postage stamp of The BFG. While some of the best-loved illustrations of his work have been included, there is also much original artwork. Artists featured include Quentin Blake, Lane Smith, Raymond Briggs, and Anthony Browne. Lavishly produced and illustrated in full color throughout, The Roald Dahl Treasury is a collector's item that can be pored over for hours, read and reread. It is a book that will become a cherished possession and a classic in the family library.

Works from the acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda are collected in all their scrumdiddleyumptious glory in The Roald Dahl Treasury. Many new illustrations are included here by Quentin Blake, along with contributions by other well-known artists. Most entries are relatively short excerpts, grouped according to subject (e.g. "Friends and Foes" and "Matters of Importance"); Dahl's more serious autobiographical writing is outweighed by the exuberant misdemeanors of Twits, Vermicious Knids and horrid maiden aunts.

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More than 75 selections from the works of a master storyteller are collected in The Roald Dahl Treasury, first published in 1997, and now available in paperback. With excerpts from his most popular books-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda and more-as well as stories, poems, letters and essays, this hefty volume overflows with fascinating characters, clever wordplay and much merriment. Nothing was off-limits to Dahl's irreverent humor, including a version of Cinderella (from Revolting Rhymes) that begins: "I guess you think you know this story./ You don't. The real one's much more gory." Quentin Blake, Lane Smith, Ralph Steadman and others lend their visual interpretations to the fun. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670877690
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 448
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl has been described as “the most successful author of children’s books” by The Times. His books have been translated into 37 different languages. His classic titles include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Matilda and The BFG. Roald Dahl died in 1990.

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

Table of Contents

On Publishing Roald Dahl 4
About My Father 6
The Hut 11
Part 1 Animals
Be Nice to Frogs 19
The Twits (an extract) 20
The Enormous Crocodile 27
The Enormous Crocodile (from Revolting Recipes) 44
The Pig (from Dirty Beasts) 47
Letter from America 50
Letters from Abroad 53
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat 55
Fantastic Mr Fox (an extract) 59
Creating Characters 62
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 64
The Boy Who Talked with Animals (from The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) 92
Stealing a Magpie (from My Year) 103
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf (from Revolting Rhymes) 104
The Three Little Pigs (from Revolting Rhymes) 108
Moles (from My Year) 113
The Lion (from Dirty Beasts) 115
Roald Dahl, Author (from a Puffin Passport) 116
Tortoises (Author's Note from Esio Trot) 117
Esio Trot 118
The Tortoise-Catcher (from Esio Trot) 141
Hickety, Pickety 142
The Crocodile (from Dirty Beasts) 143
Part 2 Magic
Those Who Don't Believe in Magic Will Never Find It 151
The BFG (an extract) 152
The BFG Stamp (from the Royal Mail's Special Issue) 164
Snozzcumbers (from Revolting Recipes) 165
The Minpins 168
Cinderella (from Revolting Rhymes) 198
James and the Giant Peach (an extract) 204
Jack and the Beanstalk (from Revolting Rhymes) 213
The Witches (an extract) 218
The Cow (from Dirty Beasts) 240
Cadbury's Dairy Milk (from My Year) 243
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (an extract) 244
The Veruca Salt Song (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) 262
Treats (from Revolting Recipes) 265
George's Marvellous Medicine (an extract) 266
Part 3 Family, Friends and Foes
Winkles for Tea 283
The Sweet-Shop (from Boy) 284
A Little Nut-Tree (from Rhyme Stew) 290
Matilda's Father (from Matilda) 291
Danny's Father (from Danny, The Champion of the World) 296
Roald Dahl's Father (from Boy) 299
Letter from Roald Dahl to His Sister, Alfhild 300
The Headmaster (from Boy) 301
The Roald Dahl Guide to Railway Safety (an extract) 305
Matilda (an extract) 308
When We Acquired the Motor-Boat (from Boy) 319
A Dahl Invention (from My Year) 322
A Poem in Reply to Schoolchildren 325
Danny, the Champion of the World (an extract) 326
Hansel and Gretel (from Rhyme Stew) 352
Hansel and Gretel Spare Ribs (from Revolting Recipes) 363
Conkers! (from My Year) 365
Letter from Roald Dahl to His Mother 367
A Drive in the Motor-Car (from Boy) 368
When You Grow Up 375
Part 4 Matters of Importance
The Biggest Hip Bone Ever 379
Lucky Break (from The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) 380
Photography (from Boy) 384
Motorbikes (from My Year) 387
The Twits (an extract) 389
The Emperor's New Clothes (from Rhyme Stew) 391
Wild Mushrooms (from My Year) 399
Simba (from Going Solo) 401
Ideas to Help Aspiring Writers 409
The Green Mamba (from Going Solo) 412
Where Art Thou, Mother Christmas? 422
Hot and Cold and the Price of Debauchery (from Rhyme Stew) 424
Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi by Ford Prefect (from Going Solo) 426
Letter from Roald Dahl to His Mother 431
Survival (from Going Solo) 432
First Encounter with a Bandit (from Going Solo) 436
Roald Dahl Talking 443
As I Grow Old 444
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    Should have more of his novels.

    I wish that Roald would put some more of his fantastic selections. But i love the way there was a couple synopsises of the book. Good to by for short clips if you can't decide to buy his full selections for taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    the Great book

    It was the greatest. I read each one of his books they were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Greatest book in the world!!!!!!

    This book is the best book in the world! If you luv the world's most scrumpdittlyumpious author Roald Dahl then this is the book for you. He is my most favorite author in the whole world! I am even looking for books of his that I haven't read. Get this BIG book if you like Roald Dahl,s creative writing!!!

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