Fantastic Mr. Dahl
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Fantastic Mr. Dahl

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This brand-new biography gives readers the thoroughly fantastic story behind the world's # 1 storyteller!

How did a young boy from a small town in Wales grow up to become one of the world's greatest storytellers—the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda? From his days at boarding school to his love of chocolate and endless st...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Puffin (first published September 6th 2012)
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Richard Rider
Sep 13, 2012 Richard Rider rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody in the world. Then go and re-read all of Dahl's.
Shelves: children, biography
I'm so thrilled with this book I almost want to have a little cry. I bought it at lunchtime, kept sneaking off to the toilets at work to read bits, and finished it on the bus home. I can't remember the last time I was this excited and charmed by something. Michael Rosen is magical. He's so brilliant with words, but that's not the only reason why this book is so wonderful - it's also because it's so obvious how much respect and love he's got for Roald Dahl, who's been my favourite author for my w...more
NZBook Girl
Because this is written by such an excellent writer, one just as good as Mr Dahl in my opinion, you get a great insight into the reasons why Dahl wrote the kind of stories that he did, and little hints about what made his writing so clever. I loved how sometimes Rosen just asks a question and doesn't tell us the answer so we can come to our own conclusions, and talks to the reader as though they too are a writer and he wants you to consider how your own life might feed your writing. Brilliant to...more
Julie
Ok - so I might not have actually read any reviews before I ordered this little book to read. I may not have noticed that it was a kids book, designed me thinks for the under ten year olds. Still, it made up for it by being filled by the lovely illustrations of Quentin Blake, that made the ten year old girls inside me smile.

So this book describes the childhood of Raold Dahl, his years in the RAF, as a diplomat and his career as an author. I learnt a bit, even if I didn't have to write a school r...more
Just_me
A little repetitive for those who know the story's Boy and Going Solo well, but brilliant for kids.

Readily available and accessible information on one of the greatest children's writers of all time written for children by another great children's author. A brilliant way to introduce the theme of biography to a junior school aged child (7-11) or a child who wants to grow up to be a writer.

Defiantly a book I will encourage my own boys to read. And a reminder that I haven't yet read Danny the cham...more
Brenda
Matt’s interest in Roald Dahl is what sparked my interest in Michael Rosen’s Fantastic Mr. Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Written by a writer about a writer this book tells us of Dahl’s life by using Boy and Flying Solo and the many letters written between home and school that Dahl’s mother had lovingly saved. The biography shares how life and writing intertwine and intersect. It’s interesting to see how even the letters written by a schoolboy at ten portend the author Dahl will become. In...more
Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

I have discovered over the past year or so that biographies are rather popular reads for a number of our teens at school. Sportsmen and sports women, comedians, TV presenters - I have seen all of these in the hands of student or another. Personally I'm not a big reader of biographies as they hold little interest for me, but one of my closest friends loves them as, by his own admission, he is nosey. The students who I have seen reading the...more
Melissa Allen
My Fantastic tells the story of Roald Dahl. Michael Rosen writes about the childhood of Roald Dahl and the journey he took to become the famous story writer. I really enjoyed this book as it is inspirational to see how Road Dahl became such a good writer. I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl stories and this book demonstrates how he used every day experiences to inspire his written work. The book is clearly separated in to chapters that represents various stages of his life. The book also gives example...more
Winna
A book on the fantastic Mr. Dahl, so how could I miss it?

He is truly an inspiration, the writer that first introduced me to good books, and the joy of reading and writing. I haven't read Boy yet, but I'm a big fan and am excited to learn more about his life.

I find some stories enchanting if a bit incomplete and short. I also have a problem with how the writer assumes many aspects of Mr. Dahl's life and feelings. I understand how he would like to make things interesting for the intended younger r...more
Ian Mcalister
Great book for young writers. Great for oldies who don't know ANYTHING - especially about The Fantastic Mr Dahl
Kirsty (overflowing library)


A really interesting read about Roald Dahl for children. The book is a biography which goes through Roald's life and looks at his writing and career. As a child I was fascinated with Roald's autobiography boy so this was fascinating for me in the same way as it is Full of pictures and letters from Roald's life.

A fab little read which I really enjoyed.
Achuka
I've always felt Michael Rosen's non-fiction writing for children is under-rated. His book on Shakespeare is superb, and this is no disappointment.
Particularly good is the way he uses the young Dahl's letters home from boarding school to show how the personality and skills of the adult author were developing.
Highly recommended.
John O'Halloran
I'm sure everyone of a certain age read Roald Dahl at some point in their childhoods. This book will remind you why. Fantastic from Michael Rosen - another superstar of children's literature. Written with affection and without ego. Masquerades as biography but reads like a story Roald Dahl could have written himself. First class.
Robin
Since Roald Dahl is one of my favorite writers, I've read quite a bit about him over the years. When I saw this new biography written by Michael Rosen, another writer, I was intrigued. This is written for young readers but it's comprehensive for a small book.
Kristen Henderson
I got this book because I always start out the year reading Dahl's autobiography Boy to the kids. This book should always be read after already reading boy. It's more of a commentary on what it takes to be a writer than a biography.
Alli Lubin
Brilliant for teachers of writing and all kids. Thank you Michael Rosen for this wonderful window into the mind and heart of Roald Dahl.
O'Fallon Public Library
"This is a great volume for both fans of Dahl and budding writers ... it contains many gems." -Kiama Library (Kiama, Australia).
Fab
Very obviously written for children, but fantastically fascinating nonetheless.
Elle Field
For children but charming enough for adults, too.
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Michael Rosen, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has written many acclaimed books for children, including WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and I’M NUMBER ONE and THIS IS OUR HOUSE, both illustrated by Bob Graham. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
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