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The Vicar of Nibbleswicke Hardcover – March 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670843849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670843848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Imagine what would happen if a nervous young parson were re-afflicted with a peculiar strain of his childhood dyslexia, so that he unknowingly pronounced backwards only the most significant word in every sentence. In the fiendish hands of Roald Dahl, the parishioners must not only suffer the offense of praising Dog, but when the unsuspecting vicar attempts to compliment a group of little old ladies on the fact that each of them knits , his actual words incite chaos. Written for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute in London, this slight book employs a host of jocular (though sometimes vulgar) malaprops to accentuate the beleaguered parson's condition. Blake's daffy illustrations have long captured the outrageous humor of Dahl's text, and this collaboration proves no exception. Of special interest is the illustrator's touching tribute at the end of the book, both to the late author's talent and to his "passionate belief in the importance of reading," which inspired this, his last book. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-- Rev. Robert Lee develops a peculiar form of dyslexia and occasionally words come out of his mouth backwards. (For example, his name becomes ``eel.'') To cure this problem, he walks backwards. While the story has moments of typical Dahl humor, it loses momentum by unfortunately--and unnecessarily--resorting to bathroom humor. He exhorts women at their First Communion to pis (``sip'') along the rail, and requests that parishioners not krap (``park'') along the front of the church. Such references reduce what starts out as a very clever, amusing book to something more on a par with 101 Tasteless Jokes. Blake's illustrations are, as always, full of life and humor, and his depictions of the parishioners and townspeople are without equal. It's unfortunate that Dahl seems to have chosen the easy way out to create his humor. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This is a great unique book from Roald Dahl.
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I can't read this book without laughing out loud, imagining the scenes.
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When I read it outloud, I laugh so hard my stomach starts hurting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the funniest books ever. It is very short, but is so funny I garentee that you will love it. When I read the part when the Vicar when the vicar says My dear woman:never plug the glass! You must pis. Pis pis pis. Pis gently as you walk along the rail," I laughed out loud in class really loudly and I couldn't stop. This book will have you laughing so hard at some parts in the book that you will fall over in your seat at the charm and pure pleasure of reading The vicar of nibbleswicke.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie Flansburg on December 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I picked up the Vicar of Nibbleswick when I was 19, delighted that I had found a Roald Dahl book that I had never read before. This is a very fun book _for anyone_! If you have children or teach, this is a wonderful way to make reading pure fun. The book is not long, packed with humor, and tells a thoroughly silly tale. Also, considering the book is all about a dyslexic vicar, it is a wonderful book to share with a dyslexic child, not to mention any classroom with a dyslexic child in it. Roald Dahl has a way of making the fantastic part of children's lives. For your children or classroom, I also highly recommend the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and Matilda, both by Roald Dahl and both as creative and imaginative as can be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a short but sweet story of a dyslexic vicar called Robert Lee that joins his first parish. He is nervous about his first day, as the previous vicar died and never got to show him the ropes; so nervous is Lee that he develops a new spin-off disease of dyslexia where he says words backwards. Word games being fun on their own, Dahl adds his usual flare for borderline adult humor. (One scenario has him addressing the parish to tell them that while the roads may be long and with few stops, that people in town should not just "krap" on the side of the road as they please; there's also one on the proper amount of wine to take during the communion, to which he answers along the lines of "pis" slowly and gently and you'll have no problems of running out. Finding the naughty jokes was incredible fun, and the lighthearted approach to solving the vicar's problem by walking backwards so the words come out frontwards is charming. Fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book and I just loved it. It was so funny what hesaid I was cracking up all night just thinking about it. I read it tomy little sister. I made my mom read it. I even read segments of it to my dad. they all loved it and It is really a treausure to have. The price they put on it is a true bargain. It is really worth more. I love Roald Dahl. Maybe that is part of the reason I like it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
Children and adults alike will delight in this hilarious book It's particularly funny when read aloud. We laughed all the way through!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lost John on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Only 19 pages long, including plenty of Quentin Blake illustrations, this is a short story with a simple plot, written almost at the end of Roald Dahl's life. It was written as a fundraiser for The Dyslexia Institute, and the story is of relevance to the charity.

When young, the future Vicar of Nibbleswicke, Robert Lee, with the help of some excellent teachers and, of course, The Dyslexia Institute, was able to overcome his dyslexia. "By the time he was eighteen his writing and reading were more or less normal". Robert trained as a Vicar and all continued well until he arrived at Nibbleswicke, suffered a panic attack and began to pronounce some words backwards. His own surname became Eel, God became dog and, when pronounced backwards, some words a Vicar might want to use as he talks to his parishioners are not at all polite!

There lay misunderstanding and some serious problems. And of course giggles for the reader of this book, plus no doubt the inspiration to examine other everyday words to see how their meaning changes if pronounced backwards.

Besides his illustrations, Quentin Blake adds an afterword of appreciation of Roald Dahl and some background information about this particular book.

In all, it's a nice package, and if it's a bit lightweight that can be forgiven in the circumstances that Roald Dahl had only a short time still to live and that worldwide copyright was auctioned for charity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eckief on January 23, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although this is not our favorite Roald Dahl book, it was a real treat. The vicar was a harmless, innocent character who gave us a big laugh. We did not find the "bathroom" humor offensive - it was clearly in good fun -more of what we have come to expect from Dahl.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have worked with teenagers and children both within and outside the church and this book is a guaranteed winner. It is not only a great laugh but it also brings tears to the eyes in only a few minutes. As a Bible in Schools teacher it has been a winner!
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