Search Results: "Roald Dahl"


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ROALD DAHL by Jeremy Treglown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The enigma of Dahl himself, like the elusive charm of the tales, survives even this fine analysis."
In this brief and insightful biography, Treglown (Ed., TLS, 1982-90) probes the dark and volatile nature of this postmodern Pied Piper whose macabre tales bewitched millions of children and their parents, earned fortunes for his publishers, and redefined the genre of children's literature. Read full book review >

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OXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Snapperwhippers aren't the only readers who will find this equally delumptious as a dictionary, a source of inspiration, and a way of revisiting a shelf of phizz-whizzing classics. (Reference. 9-13)"
Wordplay has its day in this extra-usual compilation of lexicographical delights drawn from Dahl's works. Read full book review >

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ROALD DAHL'S REVOLTING RHYMES by Quentin Blake
Released: April 15, 1983

"Blake's bloodless decapitation, wolf tongue on pig tail, and well-mannered, well-fed Little Bear are just a few obvious manifestations of his own relish for mischief."
Let's admit it, you won't get through these airy fairy-tale revisions with a straight face. Read full book review >

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ROALD DAHL'S MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A properly subversive spinoff. (answers section) (Humor. 9-12)"
Attention, pranksters in search of inspiration! Learn from a master with this mix of extracted passages, quizzes and fresh, sometimes even feasible, exploits. Read full book review >

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THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE by Roald Dahl
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 20, 1979

"In all, a basic, teeth-baring rendition of the old yum-yum-squish-crunch number."
I'm going to fill my hungry empty tummy/ With something yummy yummy yummy yummy!, So boasts the Enormous Crocodile, setting out in search of juicy little children to eat. Read full book review >

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THE UMBRELLA MAN by Roald Dahl
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Still, this sampler of Dahl's writing at least conveys a sense of his versatility. (Short stories. 13+)"
A baker's dozen of barbed, witty, obliquely macabre short stories, most drawn from—or at least previously published in—Tales of the Unexpected (1979, 1990). Read full book review >

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ESIO TROT by Roald Dahl
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"An acceptable book for younger readers."
Enamored of Mrs. Silver, who tends her adored turtle, Alfie, on the balcony beneath the one attached to his own fiat, shy old Mr. Hoppy finds a unique way to woo her: he comes up with a "magic" spell (an ordinary message spelled backwards) that he claims will make Alfie grow as she desires, then makes it appear efficacious by a laborious scheme of replacing Alfie with other turtles in graduated sizes. Read full book review >

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MY UNCLE OSWALD by Roald Dahl
Released: April 11, 1980

"Mildly entertaining ribaldry, then, dotted with famous men in heat—a classy enough Rabelaisian diversion, but not the grabber of a novel that Dahl's fans might have hoped for."
Roald Dahl's first full-length adult fiction is immaculately phrased, crisply turned, and terribly disappointing. Read full book review >

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SWITCH BITCH by Roald Dahl
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Modestly diverting — but one misses the imaginative flair and the truly tapered touch of evil synonomous with Dahl at his malevolent worst-best."
No other writer — except perhaps John Collier — has come within Kiss-Kiss-ing distance of Saki while other stories of that still earlier collection, "Skin," "Taste," and "Nunc Dimittis" are as nearly classic as anyone can remember. Read full book review >

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BOY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1984

Throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten. . . . Read full book review >

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THE GREMLINS by Roald Dahl
Released: June 5, 1943

"Readers of almost any age will enjoy it — each in his own way."
This large, bright colored Walt Disney creation is by no means as juvenile as its appearance suggests. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR by Quentin Blake
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1972

"With humor that depends on gratuitous references to the President's pottie or the results of a very strong laxative, with the Oompa-Loompas still fetching and carrying, this has all the faults that disturbed grown-ups and none of the inspired outrageousness that attracted children to its predecessor."
In a perfectly silly and pointlessly tastless sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Willie Wonka's glass elevator goes into orbit carrying Charlie, his parents, his grandparents, and the bed that three of the grandparents haven't left for 20 years. Read full book review >