2017, Books, Childhood, Reading, Review, Roald Dahl

Boy – Tales of Childhood #BookReview

This is my last post for Roald Dahl month so I decided to end it with my favourite Roald Dahl book.


Roald Dahl


My Rating : 5/5

My Review : 

The first time I read this book I was 14 years old and certain parts of it have always stayed with me.  The dead rodent in the sweet jar, the car crash and of course the tooth-brush bristles.  I can honestly say that reading it this time round was just as enjoyable.

The Boy, covers Roald Dahl’s life from birth to leaving school. It covers the living conditions in the UK during the 1920’s & 30’s.  One of the most notable things in this tale is Roald Dahl’s love of chocolate and confectionery. The young Roald was fascinated by his local sweet sweet shop and the dirty hands of the lady who worked there. While in boarding school Roald would receive free samples from Cadbury’s Chocolate helping the company with their ideas. It must have been at this time while the young Roald was sampling this chocolate and dreaming of being a chocolate inventor, that the initial kindling of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory must have ignited.

Roald Dahl’s life however was not without incident. Shortly after the death of his older sister, when he was just 3 years old, his father also sadly passed away from pneumonia. Roald Dahl believes that his death was due to the grief he suffered at the loss of his daughter.  His mother was left to raise her children on her own in a little house in Wales.

Young Roald was also in fear of most of his teachers due to them being very liberal with the use of the cane.  There was also an incident where Roald was involved in a car crash which nearly ended up with his nose being completely sliced off.

I really love this autobiographical work by Roald Dahl. The stories from his childhood are delightful, interesting and a product of their time.  It is a book for all ages. I have never read his second autobiographical work – Going Solo, but I am going to try and make it my mission over the next 12 months.


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