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The Gremlins Hardcover – September 26, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593074964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593074968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

It is very good quality with a hardcover.
Rebekah
I remember this book from when I was a kid, and loved it then.
Campbell J. Ford
A wonderful children's story by Roald Dahl.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Drosophila on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Disneyphile and I've been coveting this book ever since I first heard about it. I've scoured Australian secondhand bookstores for years, hoping, by some miracle, that I might find an original copy tucked away in a dusty corner somewhere with a $2 sticker on it, but to no avail. [...].

But recently I went to Abebooks just to check if there were any reasonably-priced copies available, and I nearly fell off my chair when I saw a copy for less than $10! Then I saw another one, and another one, and another one, and I immediately thought with great joy: "It's been reproduced!" And sure enough, Dark Horse Comics have lovingly restored and reissued this lost treasure, a fascinating collaboration between two of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century: Walt Disney and Roald Dahl. Previously only available to collectors with deep pockets, this whimsical tome is now available for everyone to enjoy, the young and the young at heart alike. Bravo, Dark Horse! My only regret is that the film version never got off the ground, but this book is the next best thing ... until maybe one day John Lasseter decides to do what Peter Jackson did with the "lost spider pit sequence" from the original King Kong and actually remake it from scratch as a labour of love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. E. W. Fletcher on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A wondeful discovery after 60 years. Sadly the colour quality of the full page colour pictures this 2006 edition is poor when compared with my original 1943 Christmas present. The original pictures are bright & sparkly while those of the new 2006 edition are dark & even the colours have different hue. For example the picture of Gremlin Gus on the joystick. In the original the instrument dials are all clearly legible this not the case in the 2006 edition.

However how many people are priviledged to have an original to make comparisons with?

So thanks for the dicovery, maybe now Disney will release the film.

Eric Fletcher
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Gough on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have an original (battered) Australian edition dating from the 1940s.
I am delighted to see this reissued with valuable background notes.
What no one has commented on so far in discussing Dahl's "Gremlins" is that not only is this Dahl's FIRST BOOK, it also anticipates fascinating aspects of Dahl's whole body of work.
Dark humour.
Mischief.
Wartime experiences.
Word play.
Courage.
Britain as an idea, and tradition.
The cloud giants of "James and the Giant Peach" are anticipated in the cloud-gremlins who breath ice on wings and munch hailstones.
And more!

I still find that the final images bring tears to my eyes as the fighter pilot, recovering from his wounds, is steadied, invisibly, by his new friends the gremlins, as he takes his medical examination to be released back to combat flying.

Great book!!
John Gough -- Deakin University, retired -- jagough49@gmail.com
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By San Berdoo on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have both the "Dark Horse" edition and the original and both are outstanding books. I got my first "Gremlins" in probably 1950 or so and find the new copy to be as good as the original.

The price on this edition sure beats the going rate for an original and the artwork is fine, at least to me. Probably a child of today won't appreciate the art and the story line but the "Gremlins" themselves are fantastic!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who remembers the original and also "the days of old."
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By Tim Lasiuta on April 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Over 60 years ago, the talented Roald Dahl was not the author we know him to be today.

Instead of finding him at his typewriter creating stories for children of all ages, he was a RAF pilot. As any airman knows, strange unexplained things can happen to aircraft. Taking this as an inspiration, Mr Dahl made use of the word 'gremlin' and soon, the RAF had a new enemy that took a place beside the Germans. Gremlins....In the original story, these gremlins could be seen on wings and fusealges of aircraft mid air. Un-noticed pings were caused by these tiny, mischevious beings with drills, hammers, and tools designed to undo the manufacturers best.

Where did they come from?

According to the 'myth', the gremlins lived peaceably in a forest glenn until an aircraft factory replaced their familiar home. Not a race to take their eviction sitting down, the gremlins fight back by attacking the very planes that leave the factory. During the Battle of Britain, Gus is downed during a dog fight with a Messerchmitt squadron. Landing in the hospital, he realizes that the Gremlins can be used for good, and trains them to repair rather than destroy. The war ends, and Gus purchases the land near the factory, preserving a solitary stand of forest for the gremlins.

Fast forward to 2008. Gus' grandson, Gus, crosses the ocean from America to sell the house and return home. Good plan, but he does not know about the clever inhabitants of the house who will do anything to preserve their native forest. Exactly what they will do is yet to be seen.

Like any Roald Dahl story, Gremlins (as re-released by Dark Horse in 2006), is a wonderful, innocent story with simple truths.
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