Dahl day!

14 Sep

This week, I celebrated Roald Dahl day by starting to read one of his books which I have never read before. I have the set of 15 children’s books by Dahl which were given to me by my dad a few years ago and I love them! I especially enjoy reading them to children in school, they never fail to amuse and amaze.

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I’m reading ‘Boy, Tales from Childhood’…

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography”

It is in fact jam-packed full of funny, frightening, true stories about his life. One of the most painful being that of his father who, when he was 14, fell from a roof and broke his left arm just below the elbow. After waiting for half an hour, a drunken doctor arrived and mistook his broken elbow for a dislocated shoulder and proceeded to pull on the arm (with the help of two other men). This resulted in Dahl’s fathers arm being amputated at the elbow and therefore growing up with only the use of his right hand. He invented a fork/knife combination, a fork with a sharpened edge so he could cut his food, and kept this in a leather case which he carried wherever he went.

I do enjoy reading Dahl, it always puts a smile on my face and I feel you’re never to old for it!

Although, I am starting to think that ‘Roald Dahl day’ is one of those days that only teachers know about? (I hope not)

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5 Responses to “Dahl day!”

  1. stitchedupmama September 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Definitely an author to read! We love him in our family – it could be because our sense of humour is slightly warped though … <=D

  2. Abigail @ Rosy Hill September 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    The children at school always remember me as the ‘Roald Dahl teacher’. I love them! I read The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me just before I left for maternity leave. Abigail x

    • buttontins September 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      They are fantastic to read to a class!

  3. Anita September 24, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Wow didn’t know there was a Roald Dahl day but shame on me! As an avid fan of the Dahl books you’d think I know that. He used such wit and humour in his older books of which I have all. Am currently trying to keep my Dahl books at bay from my niece as she wants to read them but I don’t want to give them to her for fear she will ruin them! That girl does not know how to look after and read books. Maybe I should show her that photo you sent me Fay – about how to read a book and protect the spine! Anyway although nothing will place the original books I have and the joy that I found in reading them I do want to buy the collection again in a box set – but it’s hard finding them for a reasonable price with the original art work on them which is what I like. Although you can’t beat the paddington bear stamps I have in my original ones which say ‘this book belongs to Anita! ‘ x

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