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Skin and other stories
Dahl, Roald.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2000.
Physical Description:
212 pages ; 22 cm
Introduces teenagers to the adult short stories of Roald Dahl.
Skin -- Lamb to the slaughter -- The sound machine -- An African story -- Galloping Foxley -- The wish -- The surgeon -- Dip in the pool -- The champion of the world -- Beware of the dog -- My lady love, my dove.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 9.0 59217.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.3 16 Quiz: 28017 Guided reading level: NR.
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This fiendishly clever collection of 13 tales introduces teenagers to the adult short stories of Roald Dahl, described as one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived.

Author Notes

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-11. These bizarre, fascinating, and sophisticated short stories, selected from Dahl's body of adult writings, are the perfect foil for the traditional tomes used in high-school English classes. Full of irony and unexpected twists, they smack of the master's touch--every word carefully chosen, characters fully fleshed out in only a few pages, the sense of place immediate. Readers of "Skin" can easily imagine the derelict's large tattoo, signed in red ink by a "now-famous" artist, as well as the poor man's future. An Africa few will ever know is the backdrop for "An African Story," about tortuous revenge. Interestingly, some of the stories seem to have given rise to current urban legends: in "Lamb to the Slaughter," a young wife who kills her philandering husband with a frozen leg of lamb feeds the luscious murder weapon to the police. These 13 stories offer teens a superbly crafted, satisfying read that will meet an English teacher's demand for quality as well as a student's desire for intrigue and brevity. --Frances Bradburn

Publisher's Weekly Review

This volume collects 11 of the master storyteller's short stories, many of which first appeared in Someone Like You, and also includes "The Surgeon," originally published in Playboy in 1986. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Skinp. 1
Lamb to the Slaughterp. 22
The Sound Machinep. 35
An African Storyp. 53
Galloping Foxleyp. 71
The Wishp. 90
The Surgeonp. 95
Dip in the Poolp. 129
The Champion of the Worldp. 144
Beware of the Dogp. 179
My Lady Love, My Dovep. 194