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One of a series offering classic and contemporary writing for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes. In the last year of his life Roald Dahl worked on this diary, which contains reminiscences of childhood and adolescence, gardening tips, and observations about the changing seasons.
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Roald Dahl (Author) The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author. His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. He died in November 1990.Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. In the 2013 New Year's Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4 Up-The author's personal reminiscences of boyhood exploits, interwoven with adult observations on various natural phenomena of the English countryside. Each short chapter covers one month, and addresses some peculiarity of one or more species of plant or animal (magpie, mole, mosquito, saffron, cuckoo, foxglove, etc.). Written in his 74th year, these recollections speak to children in the comfortable, but sometimes preachy, manner of an elderly man addressing his grandchildren. Many of the trees and animals he mentions are more abundant in Europe or called by a different name there (i.e., horse chestnuts are called conkers), while some are indigenous only to small sections of the U.S. or are variants of the species found here and will be unfamiliar to American readers. Differences in the British school year add a bit of confusion, as well. Dahl recalls escapades (riding his illicit motorbike past his prep school each Sunday during his final summer term) as well as useful gardening tips (burying wine bottles with only the necks sticking up to scare away moles). Blake has lovingly highlighted the pages of this slim volume with many soft, sketchy watercolor cartoons. Devotees of Dahl's Boy (1984) and Going Solo (1986, both Farrar) will surely request this one, as well.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Book Description Heinemann, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110435124625