Boy by Roald Dahl

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Title: Boy by Roald Dahl


This is a collection of memories that Roald Dahl shares from his childhood.  It is not an all-inclusive story about his childhood years, but just touches on the particular happenings that stood out to him.  He tells the reader about his parents and family, his preschool years, his time in boarding school, vacations in Norway, and his eventual start in life as an independent young man.  Scattered throughout the text are excerpts from letters that Dahl wrote to his mother as a child, photographs, and illustrations.

My thoughts:

I am already a big Roald Dahl fan, so I enjoy reading a book that gives me a little more information about his personal history.  Even if you’re not a fan of his, the stories are quite entertaining and informative.

Some of the most interesting and disturbing parts of the book have to do with Dahl’s time spent at boarding school.  Things were certainly done differently back then!  Corporal punishment by the headmaster and even by older students was not uncommon.

I really enjoyed seeing the photos and personal letters, too.  They provide a nice peek into the life of a writer whom I love.

I recommend Boy to all fans of Roald Dahl..

Possible Objections:

  • The d-word made at least one appearance in the book.
  • There is an awful lot of talk about caning boys as a form of punishment.  While the author is simply relaying the facts of how punishment was handled in the school setting, it may be a bit traumatic for some readers.
  • There are also a fair share of scenes in which the teachers treat students harshly.  This may upset some children.
  • An incident is described in which the author’s nose was sliced almost all the way off in an automobile accident.  Again, this could be a traumatic idea for some kids.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…





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