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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (Juv); 1 edition (March 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140926526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140926521
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

This slipcased edition is a wonderful collection of his children's novels.
Yi-Peng
This Roald Dahl - 15 book box set was a great gift for my daughter who loves to read.
Cynthia
My grandkids--girl, age 8 and boy, age 6--really enjoy Roald Dahl stories.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Auroralotus on January 28, 2011
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I love that so many of Roald Dahl's books are included in this collection, which I purchased as a gift for my niece and nephew. Visiting them recently, however, I saw that the quality of these paperbacks is kind of flimsy. I was hoping for a little thicker binding I guess, as a set like this should be meant to last a few years. They're the type of book that get tons of creases after one reading.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on November 10, 2012
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This review of Roald Dahl books is a departure from my reviews of classical recordings. The Roald Dahl children's books have been one of my great loves even as a grown-up and so I would like to do a review of his works.

This slipcased edition is a wonderful collection of his children's novels. Although each book is unique, this collected edition allows us to traverse through Dahl's writing over his 27 years of writing children's books to see how his style developed. We can also know more about the various connecting threads between the disparate stories. Interestingly this box doesn't include the poetry collections, The Minpins or The Vicar of Nibbleswicke.

Taking his children's works as a set you can get a better idea of how Dahl mixes the naughty and nice elements of his stories through constant running themes. The naughty elements of despicable characters and disgusting appearances are counterbalanced with the nice elements of fantasy, weird and wonderful characters, and meaningful relationships between children and grown-ups. I also find it interesting that Dahl touches on adult themes such as loneliness.

I like to think how the baddies are mostly cut from the same cloth. They are enormous and they look disgusting. The aunts from James and the Giant Peach, the farmers from Fantastic Mr. Fox, Miss Trunchbull, the witches and the nine child-eating giants are all drawn in a similar repulsive way, even with their unique characteristics in each book.

Beneath the facade of baddies and the fantastic settings of the stories, there are some interesting themes that run throughout the Dahl novels.

I am struck by the many positive relationships between child characters and grown-ups. We see it almost immediately in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim on January 6, 2013
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My daughter is an excellent reader but never wanted to read a book twice until discovering these books. She even copied the covers and decorated her room with them. They are playful and kind, and completely relates to her 3rd grade way of thinking in the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tosha on March 13, 2012
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I love this collection of books and I got a great price on them on Amazon! Great reading material for my younger students! Love, Love, Love!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By raneepsachos on December 21, 2010
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My sister and i loved these stories as kids. they are fantasy not realistic but mr. dhal doesn't candy everything up like a disney story. they are full of realistic dialogue that people might actually say if put in these very unrealistic situations. very entertaining and worth it but the price that i thought was good ended up being 2x as much as at a nationwide warehouse store. oops! still love it and keeping it. reading the stories one at a time one chapter at a time to nephews ages 7, 5, and 3. faVOrites include James and the giant Peach, the bfg, charlie and the chocolate factory,the witches all are great though, and there are some illustrations throughout each book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Marie on December 30, 2012
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This is a beautiful set of books that a perfect for a child's birthday or Christmas present. They are beautifully bound, have stunning covers and are boxed amazingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cole Yarbrough on December 23, 2013
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The product is still shrink wrapped but I did have some issues with it. I can see through the shrink wrap that every corner of the box has light damage and has lost it's color or had the colored material torn away or scuffed off. The box has a light dent in the top back edge as well as a light scuff on the bottom. Three of the books inside I can see have some slight damage near the top of the spine. It's entirely possible that the product comes this way under the shrink wrap from the manufacture. I did not expect this out of a new product though, which is what I thought I was purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By craig watkins on January 5, 2013
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Exactly as described and a great set of books. My son will love these awesome books I grew up with.
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