The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

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If you could see with your eyes closed…would you use your power for good or for personal gain?

The life story of "The Man Who Could See Without His Eyes" inspires Henry Sugar with a wonderful idea. Such an amazing ability could allow Henry to cheat at cards!

Henry undertakes years of training to achieve this remarkable feat and promptly uses his new power to win, and win big, but he soon discovers that more ...

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Overview

If you could see with your eyes closed…would you use your power for good or for personal gain?

The life story of "The Man Who Could See Without His Eyes" inspires Henry Sugar with a wonderful idea. Such an amazing ability could allow Henry to cheat at cards!

Henry undertakes years of training to achieve this remarkable feat and promptly uses his new power to win, and win big, but he soon discovers that more than his eyes have been changed by his studies…

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
★ 01/01/2014
Gr 4–8—Dahl story's are written to be enjoyed, to be provocative, to bypass adults and speak directly to children's psyches, and they certainly are birthed from a wellspring of imagination that is entirely unique in the world of children's literature. But few among his legions of fans will have read this collection of short stories originally published in 1977. These are complex, compelling, and complicated stories for more mature listeners. Mature not in an age-related sense, but in literary way; Dahl rewards patient and attuned listeners with stories that illuminate the meanness of children, the tenderness of a mother, or the greed of a character like Henry Sugar. The narration in this audio recording is spot on and superb. Andrew Scott's British lilt provides an intimate listening experience, as if we are all huddled together around a flashlight, long past our bedtimes, hanging on every word.—Meg B. Allison, Moretown School, Moretown, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060536244
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs, 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

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

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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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    My son loves this book

    This is a good book for kids who like Roald Dahl, and especially for this time of year when we are always running around because it has short stories so he can read small sections -- good for his reading log every night for homework.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Good Stories, however

    This book has six stories and all are very good and entertaining. The last story I am unsure is meant for children. In my own personal opinion the last story, A Piece Of Cake, teeters on the edge. I recommend this book of stories but I also suggest parents of a young reader read the book first.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    I Want to Be Henry Sugar

    The story of Henry Sugar feels different from many of Dahl's more popular works, like Matilda and James & the Giant Peach, but it's feeling of being set in the 'real' world does not detract from the sense of magic that Dahl gives all his work. These stories were touching and amazing, so much so that I want to believe they're true. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Dahl's other works. However, if you want to read something else in the vein of the aforementioned Matilda et. al., I would not say this is the one to go for. But it is an excellent, EXCELLENT book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Best book ever LOVE Roald Dahl is a must read!!

    You should so read this book it has so many wonderful charaters, they are so good love all of Roald Dahl he has so many amzing books!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Long Live Roald!

    This book is delightful! A must read for any Roald Dahl fan. I especially enjoyed the hitchhiker and of course, Henry Sugar. Go read it now, ok?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    SOUNDS GOOD

    This book sounds good but why are rewiws 9-13 adult rewiews? Shouldn't we want to know what OTHER children think of this book? HUH? P.S. I put 5 stars even though I have not read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Cool book!

    I love this book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Good

    I enjoyed this book i read all the roald dahl books

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    On my top ten list of books

    The Wonderful story of Henry Sugar is one of the best collection of children's short stories out there. In fact, it's one of the best collections of short stories, period. 'The Swan' is particularly memberable as a touching portrait of the struggle of man against beast, a story that is both beautiful and humorous as it is maddening and sad. A treasure for any Dahl fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Hshshs

    I olay read the first 3 chapters and it is wonderful.Great for everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Absiloutely amazing

    MiCHELLE OBAMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    How many books HAS he written?

    I mean........wow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Also i was the kid who wrote the one before this

    Yup

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    I like it so much!!!

    I wish i could i could see without my eyes open lets start training

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Ft

    Best book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Good

    elephant tiraffe jagura gorilla

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Funny U Fantastic

    There is a friut called stinking toe

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    All But One

    A wonderful grouping by stories by a prolific author. My problem is the inclusion of the last story in the book, entitled 'A Piece of Cake'. While other stories appeal to young and emerging readers, this very adult story does not belong in this book of tales. At the very least there should be a *notice* not unlike warnings on movies, television programs, and music, that it may not be suitable for young readers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 15, 2010

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    Posted June 5, 2009

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