The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

by Roald Dahl


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Seven stories of fantasy and fun by the fantastic Roald Dahl.
  • The Boy Who Talked With Animals - in which a stranded sea turtle and a small boy have more in common than meets the eye.
  • The Hitchhiker - proves that in a pinch a professional pickpocket can be the perfect pal.
  • The Mildenhall Treasure - a true tale of fortune found and an opportunity lost.
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - in which a modern-day Robin Hood brings joy to the hearts of orphans - and fear to the souls of casino owners around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553155419
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/01/1983
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children’s book authors of all time. He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.

Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. The Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.

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

The Boy Who Talked with Animals
The Hitchhiker
The Mildenhall Treasure
The Swan
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
How I Became a Writer
First Story-1942

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
anya_b on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this was great! i loved every second of soon as i'm back in the states, i intend to purchase my very own copy. dahl is a great writer: concise and powerful and immensely descriptive. i hope to learn a few things from him...and read much, much more!
StormRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of seven short works by Roald Dahl. Four of them are fiction, three are not. The fictional pieces are what one would expect from Dahl - wierd, off-kiler tales of fantasy, usually with some dark elements. "The Swan", in particular, is quite dark for a story aimed at younger readers as two bullies torture a smaller boy with the intent (by the end of the story) of killing him. The title story about Henry Sugar has a happy ending, but also includes some fairly dark portions. "The Boy Who Talked to Animals" has what one might call a happy ending, although the boy's parents probably don't see it that way. I thought the weakest story was "The Hitchiker", although it was still fun.More interesting, to me, were the three non-fiction pieces. "The Mildenhall Treasure", describes the story of how two British farm workers found one of the greatest treasure troves in British history, and the odd events that followed. "A Piece of Cake" is Dahl's first published work, the account of some of his exploits as a fighter pilot, focusing mostly on how he was injured (and had to leave combat operations) in a crash. "Lucky Break" is the best of the bunch - describing how Dahl came to be a writer, including the story of how he came to write "Lucky Break" at the request of C.S. Forester. His depictions of life in a British boarding school are scary, and gives some insight into why so many of his young protagonists have horrible lives. One wonders how he managed to learn anything at all in the school environment he describes as, save for one part time instructor, the masters seem to be completely disinterested in passing any kind of learning on to their charges.This is an excellent collection of short works, and a very enjoyable sample of Dahl's writing. The stories are funny, twisted, and all have a slightly odd but benign moral of the type that that characterizes Dahl's work.
SirRoger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved these stories in 5th grade. Still love them.
twig_tea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl is one of my favourite storytellers of all time. His stories are creepy and beautiful and hilarious and horrifying all at once. I can't ever get enough.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
worth it for "the swan" and "the wonderful story of henry sugar". you don't get many author's that call their own stories wonderful, but roald dahl has every right to do that.
frightful_elk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Dahl, written for those in the transition from child to adult, the same witty fantastical stories but with poignant thoughts and moments and ideas that hit hard and linger on.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST ,no other words to describe it!!!:p
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fufilling story starts out introducing Henry Sugar as a rich man who has done no work in his entire lifetime. He became rich from inheriting money from his father. My favorite part of this story was when Henry Sugar went to the casino and won a large sum of money because of the special ability he had obtained over three years of vigorous training. I should not tell you anymore about the story because I would rather have you read it your self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book when i was about 10, but i never forgot these stories, how heart warming and wonderful they are. a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is actually the first whole collection of short stories by Roald Dahl that I've read, but I was glad to have read it! I highly recommend this book for people of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wonderful World of Henrey Sugar is definate 5 star book. No matter what age you are, you're sure to love this memrable story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book about 5 times and I still love it. Dahl has once angain hit his mark and more. If I could, I would buy ALL his books.