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Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
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Jan 12, 2011

really liked it

I didn't know that Dahl wrote children's stories until just a few years ago. I discovered him through his adult stories. Although somewhat dated now, the stories are well written and all have "twisted" endings (which is what I love about them). Dahl always drops clues about the ending but you never seem to pick them up until, wham, the ending hits you. Some of his stories were adapted for episodes of The Twilight Zone (and yes, I remember seeing them although I didn't know they were Dahl stories). The book is worth reading if for no reason than to see the difference between what Dahl wrote for adults against what he wrote for children.

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message 1: by Christian (new)

Christian Thanks for the review! I've heard Dahl's adult writing is great. Growing up with Dahl's children's writing, it will be a real treat to dig into his adult work too.

message 2: by Flannery (new)

Flannery WHAT?! You didn't know he wrote children's stories?! I loved Matilda, The Witches, James The Giant Peach, The Twits, Esio Trot, The BFG...oh man, I just loved everything that man wrote! :)

message 3: by Christian (new)

Christian Yeah what she said!!

Linda I taught The Landlord when I was teaching jr. high, so I was a little past reading children's books at that stage (22 years old). When I picked up an actual copy of his book of short stories, it didn't list any of his children's books in it. So I had to find out when I worked in my first bookstore. Now I can't imagine how I didn't find out soonier.....

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