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Boy : tales of childhood
Dahl, Roald.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny"-- Cover back.
General Note:
Originally published in 1984.
Reading Level:
1090 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 6.0 9543.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 10 Quiz: 01517 Guided reading level: T.

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PR6054.A35 Z47 1984C Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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In "Boy", Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury's, Dahl's boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, bestselling books.

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)

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Booklist Review

Dahl's autobiographical stories are a mixture of fun and shivering terror. The sequel, Going Solo, describes his experiences as a young man in East Africa and as a World War II fighter pilot. (D 1 85)

Table of Contents

Papa and Mamap. 11
Kindergarten, 1922-3p. 20
Llandaff Cathedral School, 1923-5 (age 7-9)
The bicycle and the sweet-shopp. 27
The Great Mouse Plotp. 35
Mr Coombesp. 38
Mrs Pratchett's revengep. 46
Going to Norwayp. 53
The magic islandp. 60
A visit to the doctorp. 68
St Peter's, 1925-9 (age 9-13)
First dayp. 75
Writing homep. 80
The Matronp. 85
Homesicknessp. 93
A drive in the motor-carp. 99
Captain Hardcastlep. 108
Little Ellis and the boilp. 123
Goat's tobaccop. 127
Repton and Shell, 1929-36 (age 13-20)
Getting dressed for the big schoolp. 135
Boazersp. 141
The Headmasterp. 144
Chocolatesp. 147
Corkersp. 150
Faggingp. 154
Games and photographyp. 160
Goodbye schoolp. 166