Boy and Going Solo

Boy and Going Solo


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Roald Dahl's personal stories together in one edition!

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! Boy includes tales of sweetshops and chocolate, mean old ladies, and the Great Mouse Plot. And then Going Solo tells of how, when he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa and later went flying with the Royal Air Force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142417416
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/02/2010
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 352,274
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Papa and Mama13
Kindergarten, 1922-321
Llandaff Cathedral School, 1923-5 (age 7-9)
The Bicycle and the Sweet-shop27
The Great Mouse Plot35
Mr Coombes38
Mrs Pratchett's Revenge45
Going to Norway51
The Magic Island57
A Visit to the Doctor64
St Peter's, 1925-9 (age 9-13)
First Day69
Writing Home74
The Matron79
A Drive in the Motor-car91
Captain Hardcastle99
Little Ellis and the Boil112
Goat's Tobacco115
Repton and Shell, 1929-36 (age 13-20)
Getting Dressed for the Big School123
The Headmaster130
Games and Photography146
Goodbye School151

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Boy and Going Solo : Tales of Childhood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Polaris- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable edition of these two autobiographical memoirs of Roald Dahl's. 'Boy' covers his family background and childhood in Wales and summer holidays in Norway, followed up by his school days at public school in England and eventually his first employment working for Shell and being posted to East Africa in the late 1930s. There is much humour in these chapters and many a story which will ring familiar to any fan of Dahl's writing for children. He has a nice way with words that leads the reader to really get an impression of the moment, and want more of it. Very easy reading in which he shows some of the inane cruelties of the old English public school system and the 'masters' who staffed it. Despite this, one gets the idea that he had a generally happy childhood.The second half of the book is where for me it really gets interesting. 'Going Solo' picks up where 'Boy' leaves off and Dahl's entry into the world of empire as an agent of Shell in the territories that would become Kenya & Tanzania. He recounts tales of snakes and Lions and 'sundowners' on the porch. The world is turned upside down in September '39 as war is declared and his first task is to assist the authorities in rounding up German civilians attempting to escape to neutral lands. From here, the pace quickens as Dahl joins the RAF in Kenya and becomes a fighter pilot. His adventures in the Western Desert campaign followed by the debacle in Greece are told at some length, and fascinating they are too. Unfortunately things seem to come to an abrupt end in 1941 and I would have liked to know what happened for the duration of the war at least.All in all an easy and satisfying read in which the reader will feel by the end that they know a fair bit of the younger man who would go on to be such a succesful bestseller later in his life. Generously illustrated with amusing drawings, facsimiles of letters home, and later photographs of his adventures overseas.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I’ve always been a big Roald Dahl fan, both of his books and the books that have been turned into movies. I loved “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Matilda” just to name a few. I had been meaning to read “Boy” and “Going Solo,” Dahl’s two memoirs, and started them the other day. I was unbelievably surprised to find out that Roald Dahl’s birthday was September 13th (and he would have been 96 years old)! I mean, what kind of coincidence is that? Anyway, I decided to talk about both books in one post because they are very much related. ”Boy” is the story of Dahl’s childhood, and follows his life up to age 20. ”Boy” is filled with humorous stories that have inspired many of his books. For instance, we learn that Dahl attended boarding schools under mean headmasters, and an even nastier matron, who bears a striking resemblance to the Trunchbull from “Matilda.” Dahl spent his early elementary days, aged 7-9, obsessed with a neighborhood candy shop and the Gobstoppers inside it (inspiration for Willy Wonka?), and even had his hand (ah, I made a pun that will only be recognizable if you read the book!) in a prank on the candy shopkeeper that he calls the Great Mouse Plot of 1924. Dahl was also lucky enough to go to a boarding school that Cadbury would send samples to in order to find out what kind of chocolates young boys enjoyed! “Boy” is a fabulous read, with many stories that can easily be linked to some of his most popular novels. I highly recommend reading “Boy” is you want a humorous look at the youth of one of the most famous and well-loved children’s authors. “Going Solo,” on the other hand, would be better for those people who wanted to know more about Dahl’s military life, which contained fewer references and story lines related to the books we grew up with. “Going Solo” was about Roald Dahl’s experiences in the military, with exploits about flying planes and secret missions. While I liked the book, I did get bored with the military aspect towards the end. If you like Roald Dahl and enjoy reading about the military, you might enjoy “Going Solo.” Otherwise, stick with “Boy,” which is a read that I think many more people would enjoy. What is your all time favorite Roald Dahl story? Thanks for reading, Rebecca from LoveAtFirstBook blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago