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Boy Audio CD – Unabridged, September 26, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,580 ratings

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Gr 5 Up-Dahl's childhood memoir (Farrar, Straus, 1984) contains anecdotal memories from his earliest years through his teens, including the terrorizing of a candy shop owner in the "Great Mouse Plot of 1924," which he recounts with a mixture of apology and fiendish delight, as well as unfortunate run-ins with "the birch rod" at various educational institutions. In addition to the tales themselves, Dahl's reminisces are punctuated with explanations of esoteric references related to pre-World War II England and Norway which may be unfamiliar to listeners. Children will derive delight from the author's stories of his family, including his "ancient half sister" and his summer vacations among the frigid fjords of Norway, where he'd eat fresh-caught fish from the sea. Dan Stevens's excellent narration adds another layer of charm. Listeners will be eager to devour more tales from the author's companion volumes, More About Boy and Going Solo. An excellent listen for the young and young at heart.-Michaela Schied, Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A shimmering fabric of his yesterdays, the magic and the hurt—Observer

Brilliantly coloured, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical—Sunday Times

As frightening and funny as his fiction—New York Times Book Review

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 26, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1611761891
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1611761894
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.99 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.22 x 0.77 x 5.75 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,580 ratings

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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