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Boy: Tales of Childhood - Roald Dahl

An autobiography by Roald Dahl.

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  • Jul 19, 2010
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Boy has been a favorite of mine since I first read it in 3rd grade (1992) and is one of the formative books of my childhood.  In this creative autobiography Roald Dahl recounts important moments in his young life--both comical and poignant--in a way that young children can relate to, not only because of Dahl's interesting life but because he infuses the book with that certain touch that is found in his fictional works for children.  This is not a dry, factual retelling; the stories, people, and situations are unforgettable, and you find yourself wishing that you had been right there alongside Dahl as he shopped in the candy store, put "goat's tobacco" in his brother-in-law's pipe, or dealt with the infamous Captain Hardcastle while living away from his family in the English boarding schools.  One of my favorite parts of the book are the personal photos that are included in most chapters that show young Dahl and his family in their various exploits, along with the memorable illustrations by Quentin Blake.  Children and adults will find Dahl's storytelling humorous and captivating as they come to understand what it was to grow up in England in the first part of the 20th century. 
 

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review by . July 09, 2010
Growing up, Roald Dahl was my favorite author.  By the time I was in 5th grade, I read all of his books, and even got my hands on a biography about him.  "Boy" was the last book of his I read during this phase, and I truly believe it is one of his most magical and interesting writings.       Dahl recounts his childhood growing up in England, telling stories of his siblings, schooling and sweets.  Many tragedies touched his famly when he was young, …
review by . July 01, 2010
I first read this book when I was around 12 years old.  About 10 years ago!  I had read a couple of Dahl books before and thought I would check out the aptly titled "Boy".      I continue to come back to it and reread every few years or so and thus decided to review this book.      If you've ever read/like any Roald Dahl, this is an excellent book for you.  It's an autobiography about his life as a child up into his twenties.  …
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