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Grade 4-7-Fans of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda will be entranced by actor Derek Jacobi's amusing and captivating narration of the formative years of Dahl's life. Listening to the boyhood antics of this world famous and best-selling author provides a glimpse into where he got some of the plot ideas and inspirations for his most popular books. Dahl's upbringing was, by any standard, eccentric. In Boy (FS&G, 1984), the first of his two autobiographical titles (the second is Going Solo), he details many of his more unusual boyhood adventures, such as almost losing his nose in a car accident, the "Great Mouse Plot" of 1924, and boarding school antics in prose that will leave listeners laughing out loud. Jacobi's wry delivery is completely unselfconscious, and his pacing is perfect. This audio treat will appeal to Dahl fanatics of all ages.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
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A shimmering fabric of his yesterdays, the magic and the hurt Observer Brilliantly coloured, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical Sunday Times As frightening and funny as his fiction New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Very pleased with book and condition -as good as promised, and to have a former library book ensures years of joy. Thanks Very Much!!Published 14 days ago by john l. carroll jr
This is autobiography at its finest, first of all because it never ever seems like a plodding through the years account and second of all because shortly into it it seems like a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terri J. Rice
I've read this autobiography before and loved it, but Dan Stevens adds a bit of magic to it. I highly recommend the audiobook version for this reason. Read morePublished 1 month ago by solid oak
Not a long book, but the stories are full of life and Dahl tells them well. My enjoyment of this book caused me to buy/read "Going Solo" which is a sort of follow-on to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Chambers
What a life this man lived! Thank goodness for his great contributions.Published 2 months ago by Dwane L. Starlin
A delightful jaunt through Dahl's favorite childhood memories. Enjoyable and humbling as he walks us through life in the early 1900s.Published 2 months ago by Christie
couldn' t stop listening, roald dahl can not only write but also tell a story!Published 2 months ago by perelandra
It was really enjoyable and splendid to read. I loved it very much and recommend it to all! I love all of Roald Dahl's books so it wasn't a surprise that I love this one as well!Published 3 months ago by Samantha Giron