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Phizz-Whizzing Collection: 15 Fantastic Stories Paperback – Box set, March, 2010
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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.Read more ›
Love the fact that kids still love to handle books.
15 great stories in 1 place. Quality is good enough.
They will get read and then passed around friend's kids.
I wouldn't expect them to be museum quality but if they can last several kids of the right age group then they will have been a great investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Books came on time but the slipcase that came with it are totally ripped so if you are buying this as a gift to someone like me i wont recommend it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simply delightful! The collection is handsome and complete, and as always, Roald Dahl delivers a fantastic story!Published 11 months ago by A. Arditi
What a great deal for all of these books to be put together. My friends daughter is thoroughly enjoying them. It's a money saver whe it comes in a pack like thisPublished 12 months ago by Ashley Corby
I LOVE reading Roald Dahl books to my kids and this pack has all the great ones. Tons of entertainment in this pack!Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth MacNab
The roald dahl book set was so amazing. my third grade daughter loves it! she has read all of the books twice!Published 15 months ago by Glong