Skin and Other Stories

Skin and Other Stories

by Roald Dahl


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How would you get rid of a murder weapon without causing suspicion? Where would you hide a diamond where no one else would think of looking? What if you found out that the tattoo on your back was worth over a million dollars? You will discover that just about anything is possible in a Roald Dahl story, and here are eleven of his very best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141310343
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 437,610
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 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

Lamb to the Slaughter22
The Sound Machine35
An African Story53
Galloping Foxley71
The Wish90
The Surgeon95
Dip in the Pool129
The Champion of the World144
Beware of the Dog179
My Lady Love, My Dove194

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Skin and Other Stories 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book is Skin, which is written by Roald Dahl.There are eleven suspenseful tales that are relly exciting. In the short story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the main character Mary Malone kills her husband with a lamb leg and feeds the evidence to the police. One of her problems is being scared that she will be caught because she feeds the evidence to the police. The main idea is her trying to get away with murdering her husband and she does. And all of this happend was because her husband wanted a divorce.I think the book Skin is really cool and exciting because of the eleven different tales in one book because you can choose one of the ones you like best. I also like it because the stories in it are very exciting and make me want to read them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have conflicting opinions of Roald Dahl¿s Skin and Other Stories. My first reaction was one of disappointment. I was not that impressed with the stories inside. Instead of reading because I was enjoying the stories, I read because I did not know where it was going. Even after completing many of the stories, I was thinking, "What was the point?" Some selections were more engaging, but I was still disappointed. As I read, I was creating endings in my head, many of which seemed like possible Twilight Zone plots. The stories never ended in this way. I am not saying that I disliked the book; it just left me the way I began. It did not spark connections to things I have read, seen, or experienced. Perhaps I had high expectations. Now, as I think back over the different plots and events, I realize the potential the book has. There were some very intriguing characters and events. Although I still do not understand what the point may have been, I am starting to appreciate the book as a whole more. Instead of one continuous story, the reader is presented with a snapshot of the characters¿ lives. When the story is alone, it is like looking at a picture of someone you have never heard of, and never will meet. There really is no need to look at that person¿s picture, but you study it regardless. When all the stories are together, they do not form a complete picture. It is more like a collage of the unusual. You do not gain a better understanding of any one item, but you can appreciate the whole a little more. I do not think this book was great, but I do not think it was bad either. It may have more of an appeal to someone else. I prefer a little more detail and continuity. I am familiar with some of Dahl's other books; one's that really create an imaginative world, and really pull the readers into the story. I do not consider Skin to be comparable to one of those books. This is not a book that sent my mind on a new thought path. I don¿t really have any opinions about the events of the story. Everything seemed to be almost there, but not quite enough. Overall, I just don¿t think this book measured up.
chicjohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A brilliant selection from the master
RebeccaAnn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delightful little collection of creepy stories! I adored this book and was hooked from the very beginning. My experience with Dahl as an author is limited, but I honestly wasn't expecting this to be that good. And I must admit, while none of the stories kept me up at night, a few certainly sent a nice little shiver down my spine.The stories are as follows:SKIN: A greedy group of art dealers want a piece of artwork that belongs to Drioli. This piece of art is all he really has left of both the artist (a friend from when he was younger) and his wife (who was the model). What's the catch? The piece of art is a tattoo on his back.LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER: A woman murders her husband and disposes of the murder weapon by literally feeding it to the investigating officers.THE SOUND MACHINE: A man creates a machine that will allow him to hear the sounds made at so high a frequency they are inaudible to human ears. Unfortunately, he comes to the horrifying revelation that plant life can also feel when he hears the screams of roses from a bush that is being trimmed. Imagine what a wheat field during harvest must sound like?AN AFRICAN STORY: The milk of a farmer's cow is being stolen in the middle of the night. When the owner stays up one night, he has quite a fright when he sees who, or should I say what, the culprit is. He then decides to use this to his advantage.GALLOPING FOXLEY: William Perkins sees his school bully one day on the train. The story is a reminiscence of all the horrors Foxley, the bully, put Perkins through. The ending on this one left me a bit confused though.THE WISH: Have you ever played the game as a child where you can't step on the floor because it's lava or snakes or something to that extent? What if you were right?THE SURGEON: Not a creepy story, but definitely entertaining. Some kids break into the house of a surgeon while he is on vacation and ransack the place after drinking all of the alcohol. Afterwards, he comes to wish he hadn't swallowed that piece of half melted ice...DIP IN THE POOL: On a cruise, the passengers aboard make bets as to how much distance the boat will travel in a day. When one man realizes that the boat is going to go farther than he reckoned, he goes to extreme lengths to slow it down.CHAMPION OF THE WORLD: The funniest story in the book. Two hunters experience an unwelcome surprise when the drugged pheasants they illegally poached begin to wake up in the middle of the city...BEWARE OF DOG: Perhaps the most confusing story in the book but once understood, you realize it's a masterpiece in deception. An English fighter pilot, on the brink of death to the untreated loss of a leg, abandons his plane. When he wakes up, he's in an English hospital...or is he? The nurse and doctors are acting a bit suspiciously. MY LADY LOVE, MY DOVE: A snoopy couple decide to microphone the room of a husband and his wife when they stay for a visit. They learn an interesting secret about this couple's way of playing bridge, then decide to try it out for themselves.
jgoitein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dahl's collection of short stories are in the territory of the psychological thriller that captivates the reader through its unique and enthralling story lines and cast of characters. Great reading material for any age, but terrific for the reluctant reader in high school, especially boys, who can study the numerous male characters in Skin, An African Story, Beware of the Dog and The Champion of the World. His female characters are also rich for their cleverness and bold actions as seen in Lamb to the Slaughter and The Surgeon. Students will be introduced to a well crafted tale, as well as be able to appreciate a short, intense thriller with believable ideas and unexpected macabre twists at the end. There is no second guessing Dahl. He is an excellent story teller who, once having established the plot, verves into the realm of suspense and black humor. He sketches out his characters quickly through descriptive phrases and natural conversations between the characters and with themselves: all through a wonderful command and control of the English language. It is of no surprise why many of his books and stories have been made into films. Students can easily build on their vocabulary when reading one of his stories as the language is very accessible, but includes a variety of descriptive terms more often used in adult literature. They can also study the themes of greed, murder and revenge explored in these tales. The emphasis is not so much on the dark, gory side of these themes, but the ways the characters work through their situations. which bring them to the acts of murder, greed or revenge. The stories in this collection are so rich and memorable that students will want to discuss and retell them to their friends as I did to mine after reading Skin and other stories.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh Roald Dahl, he lets it all hang out in this not-for-youngsters collection of short stories. He has such a compelling way to tell a story. Worth the read, but kinda disturbing at times...
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short stories by Roald Dahl, all of a reasonably creepy manner. Some are inappropriate for young children, so don't let the fact that he also wrote children's novels distract you. I'd say this is solid for the 9-13 range.Some of the stories are quite good. Some, eh.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this! Dahl's stories for the young adult audience let his dark side emerge a bit more, with a voice that is subtle and a hand that is deft. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would you waist money on a book like this? It is horrible for a reading level 6. It is for ADULT concepts! Not for 11-12 year olds? SERIOUSLY, REALLY!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may be one of Roald Dahl's creepier books, but it is worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely awesome! All the stories were rather eerie, but in a way that it was actually funny. You can tell this collection of stories were written the one and only Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, BFG, The Twits, blah, blah, blah, etc. These stories were fun to read, filled with unexpected twists and turns and bizarre endings. This was a great book and I would definatly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It cost to much moneybfor a book that isn't good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the coolest book ever! I loved it!
KramNoswal More than 1 year ago
My son's teacher said it's the only type of story the kids will respond to. Did they react to the romantic set-up of the Beach-like Man-Glow? Or maybe it was showing your love with a big gulp of wiskey, have one yourself, good for the kidneys, even if you are pregnant. Disconnect at any bump in the road, wallow in the numbness, pretend it will just go away. Maybe she took some practice swings as she held the meat like a club, maybe she didn't, doesn't matter, one minute she's basking, next, the father of her progeny, given the death sentence for reasons she'll never know. Make up a story, practice your lie, find an excuse so you don't have to face the consequenses of your actions, it's for the baby's sake. He made you kill him. Nobody takes their homelife to work. Lie to the police, fool them and you fool the world, another drink anyone? Act normal after you ended a life and get ready to giggle for the joke of ignorance. I'm sure the Shock and Awe is in play here, sucker you in with the romantic opening, bash the head and end it with a giggle. I can't find any redeaming value in this story except for her puppy dog like devotion, shallow as it becomes. I'm speaking as an adult who finds the feeling of nausea when I read such ugliness. Like facist architecture. This assults the senses, but, dear reader, what does it say to the children? I"m not worried about my kid, we can disect and define the macabre, we learn lots about beauty from the ugly. There are options all along the story. I'd rather have skipped this backpedaling avenue of education but the experts are in control for 180 days and playing the game is as macabre as it gets in todays schools, IMHO. Agree or not with my assessment of the story, can we agree that these adult themes are not for 11 year olds??? Sincerly, Lawson-Texas