Boy: Tales of Childhood

Before he created the BFG or the Twits, Roald Dahl was… a boy. And the true story of his boyhood is as funny, wonderful and strange as any of the stories he wrote later! In his first much-loved memoir, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From early years as a prankster at boarding school to his enviable position as a young chocolate tester for Cadbury, this book is packed with lively anecdotes – sometimes funny, sometimes painful, but all utterly addictive and guaranteed to delight!

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  • Roald Dahl was a clever and brave man. Did you iknow his nose fell of and it got put back together. Their car hit a rock and his nose fell off, weird right?

    9 April 2016

  • I remember reading this book in Year 6. It was interesting to learn about Roald Dahl’s childhood. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about Roald Dahl.

    26 June 2015

  • loved it

    Two words UTTERLY AMAZING ;)

    12 December 2014

  • A good book which shows what it is like being born in the olden days. putting a dead mouse in the sweet jars maybe wasnt the greatest idea in the world. Well Roald Dahl probably learnt a lesson when rubbing savlon on his whip-marks…

    9 March 2014

  • This book is okay. It is funny and you can learn a bit more about a very famous author but it wasn’t really the book for me.

    9 March 2014

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    Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl is probably the best loved children’s author ever, creator of iconic characters like Matilda, Willy Wonka and the BFG!


    Roald Dahl has won many awards for his books including the Whitbread Award for The Witches in 1983, the Smarties Award in 1990 for Esio Trot and the Blue Peter prize for Matilda in 2000. In 2008 the Roald Dahl estate launched an award in his name – the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

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