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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142417424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142417423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Enslowe on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
As you can see from some of the reviews below, this book has been mis-hyped and overmarketed by its cover; what it *really* is, is a chance to reprint Roald Dahl's fine memoir of stray childhood memories for every month of the year, written late in his life, and originally published as "My Year." "My Year" is out of print now, I think, which is a shame because it is a short but charming read, by turns wistful and humorous. Bits of that lovely memoir for kids are reprinted and woven through this new volume. However, be it said that these bits are sadly abridged ones, perhaps to appeal to a slightly younger audience in say, 2nd or 3rd grade, instead of the 4th and 5th graders "My Year" might originally have been aimed at. And yes, there is also short chapter originally written for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and wisely deleted, but here included to grab your attention. (There are also a few desultory inclusions such as recipes and a profile of illustrator Quentin Blake to pad it out.) Fans of Roald Dahl will be happy to own this volume, not because it sheds much light on "Charlie," but because it offers the chance to bring parts of "My Year" back into print, albeit bundled into this somewhat strange collection of odds and ends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Someone Else TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 25, 2011
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This is a sweet little hybrid of fiction and non-fiction for Dahl enthusiasts of all ages. It's a veritable chocolate "chomp"-endium and an author biography melted into one small volume.
Here's what you get:

*Fun facts about Roald Dahl's life.
*A deleted chapter and alternate ending for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
*A quiz to test your knowledge about Charlie's story.
*A month by month account of Dahl's most and least favorite things about the seasons.
*Some tips and encouragement for aspiring young writers.
*Recipes from Mr. Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
*A whole lot of other entertaining and informative trivia.

I was happy to learn that Dahl was a nature lover and devoted birdwatcher like me. His school report cards were funny, but also sad because his schoolmasters were so unkind. "This boy is an indolent and illiterate member of the class." "He reminds me of a camel." How rude! Just goes to show, future great achievers don't always fare well in the classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Montgomery on January 28, 2014
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I am a fan of Dahl's and generally read his adult themed books. I got this one sort of on a whim plus it was low priced. I enjoyed reading it and it was more full of tidbits about the history of his writing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From the characters he started with and the ones that he discarded. Also tidbits about the writer himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fenrix on June 30, 2013
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It's a quick read, but it's very clearly aimed at the young reader with a short attention span. It's a collection of unrelated snippets of information released after Dahl's death. The ten or so pages that illuminate his writing style and drafts of the Chocolate Factory was good, but the rest is not particularly noteworthy.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lisa c pierzchalski on September 29, 2010
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I thought this book would have more to it with the missing chapter - but that is just what it is. The rest of the book is about Roald Dahl's life - interesting, but being a second grade teacher - the kids aren't too interested in that.
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Not sure what else to say; the worthwhile material here amounts to less than a magazine article. They pad it to book length but don't charge much, so if your expectations are low, you should be satisfied with the book.
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By David E. Kibler on April 1, 2014
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Seriously lacking in greatness and the fun of Roald Dahl's books. I was really hoping for more than was here.
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By Hi on March 10, 2014
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I love this book. All of Roald Dahls books are so good. I heart<3 this book so much. It's awesome.
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More About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.

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