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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