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ISBN13: 9780140318906
ISBN10: 0140318909
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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 childrens 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

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Shoshana, November 15, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Roald Dahl's memoir of his childhood is deceptively simple and pastoral. As is also often the case in Dahl's fiction, a darker substrate is present as well. These include almost losing his nose in a motoring accident, stuffing his sister's fiance's pipe with goat droppings, and an incident with a dead mouse. Dahl tells his story with understatement and affection. For those unfamiliar with the English boarding school experience or narrative, this would be an informative book to read along with the first Harry Potter books. It captures the horrible and ridiculous aspects of that experience without being overly graphic (as some boarding school memoirs are), providing a social and institutional context for understanding the Harry Potter books as well as another example of the English school boy genre.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140318906
Subtitle:
Tales of Childhood
Author:
Dahl, Roald
Publisher:
Puffin
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
General Juvenile Nonfiction
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
P14
Publication Date:
19860805
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.72x5.11x.50 in. .30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 10

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