The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

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If you could see with your eyes closed, how would you use your power? That’s what Henry has to decide in "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,"one of the seven stories in this extra-ordinary collection. In addition to imaginative and magical tales, this book also contains the true story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for The Saturday Evening Post. Packed with wit and adventure, the collection is a clever mix of fantasy and reality — and a stunning ...
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Overview

If you could see with your eyes closed, how would you use your power? That’s what Henry has to decide in "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,"one of the seven stories in this extra-ordinary collection. In addition to imaginative and magical tales, this book also contains the true story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for The Saturday Evening Post. Packed with wit and adventure, the collection is a clever mix of fantasy and reality — and a stunning showcase of Dahl’s prose.

Seven tales of fantasy and fun "are told with the special wit, the unexpected twists that have made Roald Dahl's short stories and children's books so popular with readers of all ages."--Book-of-the-Month Club News.

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"Few modern writers have attracted such an appreciative audience among adults and children as Dahl. . . . All the tales are entrancing inventions." — Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This new edition of Roald Dahl's popular short stories introduces a new generation of readers to his engaging writing style and unique brand of humor. The seven stories included in this volume are--"The Boy Who Talked with Animals," "The Hitchhiker," "The Mildenhall Treasure," "The Swan," "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," "Lucky Break: How I Became a Writer," and "A Piece of Cake: First Story-1942." This wonderful collection of stories offers a clever mix of fantasy and reality--from a young boy who rescues a giant sea turtle and a plowman who discovers a unique treasure to a cunning hitchhiker who picks pockets and a wealthy man who learns how to read cards and donates all of his winnings to several orphanages. In addition to memorable characters and creative plots, this book also contains the story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. Packed with wit and sarcasm, this book truly represents the best of Dahl. He's a gifted writer with a knack for telling outrageous stories and creating unforgettable scenarios. Young adults and adults will treasure this book. 2000, Puffin Books, Ages 12 up, $5.99 and $4.99. Reviewer: Debra Briatico—Children's Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375814235
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 592,968
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children’s book authors of all time. He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.

Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. The Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    A Dose of Sugar to you

    THE BEST ,no other words to describe it!!!:p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Sugar Recommended?

    This fufilling story starts out introducing Henry Sugar as a rich man who has done no work in his entire lifetime. He became rich from inheriting money from his father. My favorite part of this story was when Henry Sugar went to the casino and won a large sum of money because of the special ability he had obtained over three years of vigorous training. I should not tell you anymore about the story because I would rather have you read it your self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    unforgettable

    i read this book when i was about 10, but i never forgot these stories, how heart warming and wonderful they are. a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Great book!!

    This is actually the first whole collection of short stories by Roald Dahl that I've read, but I was glad to have read it! I highly recommend this book for people of all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    Henrey Sugar

    The Wonderful World of Henrey Sugar is definate 5 star book. No matter what age you are, you're sure to love this memrable story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    This Is Defiantly Worth It

    I have read this book about 5 times and I still love it. Dahl has once angain hit his mark and more. If I could, I would buy ALL his books.

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