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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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