The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

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Seven superb stories, from the world's no. 1 storyteller

Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.

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Overview

Seven superb stories, from the world's no. 1 storyteller

Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780141304700
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 131,802
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.62 (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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  • 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.

    4 out of 5 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 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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