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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  17,829 ratings  ·  961 reviews
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 Hen
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1977)
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Martin Jee It's highly likely that Henry Sugar is the same person as Oswald from My Uncle Oswald, as they both have the same motto "it is better to incur a mild…moreIt's highly likely that Henry Sugar is the same person as Oswald from My Uncle Oswald, as they both have the same motto "it is better to incur a mild rebuke than perform an onerous chore," or something along the lines. (less)

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Miranda Reads
A (somewhat) delightful variety of short stories.

After reading Switch Bitch (also a short story collection by Dahl), I did not have much hope for this collection. If you have not read those stories, I could sum them up on three words: Pervy, Misogynistic and Disturbing. While this one was certainly better, this is definitely not one of my favorites.

The Boy Who Talked to Animals - An enormous sea turtle becomes caught by fishermen - who themselves are caught between killing, eating and dismember
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this one up after seeing a review on GR and started it almost two months ago. It's a book of short stories and I would pick it up when I needed a quick break from work, current reading, chores, etc. So it taking me two months to read was not a sign of it being boring. All this and I probably had too many books going on at once.

This book contains stories that are quite different from some of the usual Dahl books. Some are pretty short and some are longer, with a total of seven stories. T
Mariah Roze
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
This book is made up of multiple short stories by 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 ow
Didn't everyone try to learn to see through things using the flame trick like Henry Sugar?
Rich Wong
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading one of my all time favorite books or more accurately short stories by Road Dahl. While the story of Henry Sugar is far less known than James and the Giant Peach or Charile and the Chocolate Factory ... as much as I loved those stories growing up, its Henry Sugar that stuck with me the most. And despite having first read this over 30+ years ago, enjoy it just as much as an adult. Highly recommended
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Roald Dahl's books always have wonderful effect on me.

When I read The Witches, I thanked God I didn't meet any witch as a child.
When I read Matilda, I think she's the brightest girl ever.
When I read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I believe that there is a very big and magical chocolate factory somewhere in this world.
When I read the Magic Finger, suddenly I have some hatred to these animal hunters.
When I read Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, I wish that I can go to space hotel as well.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Jumping back into Roald Dahl literature has been one of the best experiences in terms of reading this year.

I never considered that I would enjoy short stories so much. Stories that you start and finish before going to bed. Such a refreshing feeling. As a lover of Roald Dahl's stories in childhood, his writing style is one of the most easy to read and grabs-you-by-the-writing-and-plot-and-never-lets-you-go. This was such a great read and overall, my rating was based on my enjoyment.

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May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of short stories that can be enjoyed by all.

I especially liked "The Boy Who Talked With Animals".
Tasshin Fogleman
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Re-read the main story but I read all of them as a kid. Was poking through the others and found this gem, from Lucky Break:

"Here are some of the qualities you should possess or should try to acquire if you wish to be fiction writer:

1. You should have a lively imagination.
2. You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader's mind. Not everybody has this ability. It is a gift, and you either have it or you don't.
3. You must have stamina.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've always been mesmerised by Roald Dahl - but Henry Sugar holds a special place in my heart. A story I could read again and again.
Guillermo Gonca
Famoso por sus historias para niños (Matilda, Los Gremlins, Charlie y la fábrica de chocolates), el escritor Británico Roald Dahl escribió también cuentos para adultos. La producción disponible en castellano consta de cuatro libros que pueden encontrarse con relativa facilidad en Editorial Anagrama. El que hoy habremos de comentar es "Historias extraordinarias", volumen que consta de siete relatos de naturaleza muy diversa, tanto en procedencia, como en temática y estructura. El calificativo de ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Well I enjoyed this collection of short stories much :) Especially the first two & the last two :)
The Boy who talked with Animals was just a great one & the Hitch Hiker was hilarious :D
The Wonderful story of Henry Sugar was indeed wonderful & the last one which was rather autobiographical was amazing :) Wish these stories wouldn't end..
Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a collection of Short Stories. Some of my favorites where:

The Boy who talked with Animals. - I love the turtle!!
The Mildenhall Treasure - which is based on a true story
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - Sugar Yes Please!! hahaha!!
Lucky Break

I love Roald Dahl. I love how his imagination works. I love his books and it is such a great joy to read them. This book tells us of 7 Different Stories which all of them are amazing. I love the story of Henry Sugar and
Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Roald Dahl okumayı severim. Eğlenceli bir kalemi, sınırlardan uzak bir dili var ama ilk defa bu tarz bir öykü kitabını okudum. Kendi içlerinde belki güzel öykülerdi ama hiçbiri benim tam manasıyla tatmin etmedi.
Ayrıca bu kitabın içeriğinin Goodreads etiketlerine rağmen çocuklarla nasıl bir ilgisi olduğunu çıkaramadım. Ben çocuk olsaydım, diğer kitapları varken bunu okumazdım diyebilirim.
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After falling in love with Dahl (via Matilda), I read this fantastic collection of short stories. A couple are actually written for adults but were tame enough to transfer well to a younger audience. The tales had such a profound effect on me that I remember them clearly to this day (despite not having read this collection since the umpteenth time when I was in my teens), and I still think fondly about one of them in particular on a regular basis. If I were to be trapped on a desert island with ...more
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you could see with your eyes closed, how would you use your power? That’s what Henry has to decide in one of the seven stories in this extraordinary collection.

"The Boy Who Talked With Animals" >> Is about a young tourist boy at a beach resort who seeks to free a giant sea turtle which has been captured by the hotel management. This sounds like a children's story, but the characterization and the setting are quite adult.

"The Hitchhiker" >> Is an amusing tale about a British hitch
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful collection of short stories, a collection of tales that could only come from the inimitable Roald Dahl. We read this book slowly, at most one story each night, and savored each one.

That is, until we got to the middle of the book. For some reason, once we came to the title tale, we stopped. cold. As in, couldn't seem to pick the book up again for more than a year. I tried, believe me. I put the book on hold, borrowed it, and even tried to start the story, but we just never go
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Remembering the joy of reading Road Dahl as a child, I felt very excited when I received ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, And Six More’ as a birthday present. I read this book eagerly and was not disappointed. With seven short stories to capture the reader; including fiction and non-fiction, Roald Dahl once again writes with imagination, wit and intelligence. His use of description throughout these stories is spot on, enabling the reader to conjure some fantastic images. From a boy who can t ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I was really torn about giving this 3 or 4 stars. I loved two of the stories especially, but the others were a little more average. The whole collection really wasn't what I expected, after my many years of reading Dahl's books. Unlike his children's books (which is where this book is shelved), there are very few children involved and while the stories do have some whimsical elements they aren't nearly as fantastical as his books. I was trying to decide the whole time if I would have liked the s ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, short-stories
This is another book which has sat on various shelves for many months now before finally being completed. The short stories (7 of them) are mainly directed at an older age group though touch on similar themes to his younger work. My copy has a different cover which doesn't appear here.

I've read 'The Hitch-hiker' before and enjoyed it, found 'The Swan' quite dark and disturbing (taking the bullying of his younger books to more dangerous regions). 'Henry Sugar' though felt a little disappointing.
Anna Kļaviņa
Seven short stories:
1. The Boy Who Talked with Animals
2. The Hitch-hiker
3. The Mildenhall Treasure nonfiction
4. The Swan
5. The Wonderful Story of Henry
6. Lucky Break nonfiction
7. A Piece of Cake nonfiction

This collection is being labeled by the publisher as teenage fiction which in my opinion it's not. Anyway, grown ups should read this collection too, especially these who only knows Dahl by his children books.

Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books for kids. I remember my Mom reading it to us as kids during our Cape Cod vacation. I read it with Hope, Gracie and Henry (he loves the name of the book). It is a great story about how people can change & has a metaphysical bent. Read it aloud to a kid.
Odd collection. Though clearly marketed as a book for young readers, if not children per se (it says 12 and up), this does not really seem like a kids' book to me. While none of the stories include content that would be inappropriate for young readers (by many people's estimation, anyway), none of it really seems aimed at young readers, particularly. Indeed, some of the pieces--e.g. Dahl's war memoir, or his somewhat fictionalized account of the discovery of a Roman treasure hoard--were clearly ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I recently read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl, which tells short stories on a greedy man who changes his lifestyle. In my opinion, Roald Dahl is one of the best authors since he can turn fantasy and unbelievable novels into novels that seem realistic, but still unbelievable. Because of this sense, reading this book has been a wondrous adventure that I couldn't have gotten from other authors. The story of Henry Sugar reminded me a lot of a movie made in 2016 called ...more
Arda Kacan
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitapta 7-8 kısa hikaye var; baştaki hikayeler pek akmıyor gibi gözükse de sonlara doğru kitabın çığrından çıkmasına tanık oluyoruz. Nasıl bitecek bu kitap nereden bulaştım fikrinden oha ne çabuk bitti’ye varan keyifli bir serüven, özellikle kitaba adını veren öykü sapıtık.
Riadiani Marcelita
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers, everyone who loves good, imaginative literature
Recommended to Riadiani by: My English Literature teacher
Shelves: borrowed
This book is composed of seven superb stories by the master himself, Mister Roald Dahl. I would like to review the seven stories briefly...

The Boy Who Talked With Animals is a story about a boy who saved a captured giant turtle from being killed by fishermen and hotel tourists. This story took place in Jamaica, and from the view of a tourist who, despite being the narrator, seemed to be a passive character in the story. I personally like this story because of the unexpected ending. I didn't kno
Casey Hampton
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: and six more, is a collection of seven brilliant short stories. Andrew Scott narrates this audio, and I speak true when I say his voice along with Dahl's words produce a galvanic amalgam of magic intimacy for the ear and mind.

The seven stories are:
* The Boy Who Talked with Animals
* The Hitchhiker
* The Mildenhall Treasure
* The Swan
* The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
* Lucky Break
* A Piece of Cake.

These are all fine specimen. In "The Boy Who Talked
Lara Messersmith-Glavin
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Roald Dahl is one of my heroes. I can't imagine what my internal childscape would have been like without the company of his characters. His work walks a deliciously fine line with the frightening - funny, magical worlds filled with enough perverse imagination to bring out the darkness in wonder. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory always frightened me a little, as did James and the Giant Peach. Something about the uncontrollable and occasionally violent craziness of the former, and the horror of ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lani
Collection of 6 of Roald Dahl's stories, including three non-fiction works. Unsurprisingly, his non-fiction isn't as amazing as his fiction, but it's still pretty excellent. One of the non-fiction pieces is the story of how he became a writer, and Dahl says in it that he doesn't really like to write non-fiction because what he loves about writing is inventing stories. It reminds me of an Elie Wiesel quote that I love (and once considered getting as a tattoo): "God created Man because he loves st ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite surprised when I read this book, after reading all of Dahl's children's stories. The title suggests that these are happy wonder-filled stories. They are, however, written more for adults or at least teens. The title story involves a man who wanted to be able to cheat at cards by "seeing" through them, and goes off on a huge spiritual journey to study with a yogi to learn how to do this. There was another story about a boy who rides a sea turtle.

The story that sticks out most in my m
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adv
“Some people when they have taken too much and have been driven beyond the point of endurance, simply crumble and give up. There are others, though they are not many, who will for some reason always be unconquerable. You meet them in time of war and also in time of peace. They have an indomitable spirit and nothing, neither pain nor torture nor threat of death, will cause them to give up.” 37 likes
“And it was then I began to realize for the first time that there are two distinct sides to a writer of fiction. First, there is the side he displays to the public, that of an ordinary person like anyone else, a person who does ordinary things and speaks ordinary language. Second, there is the secret side, which comes out in him only after he has closed the door of his workroom and is completely alone. It is then that he slips into another world altogether, a world where his imagination takes over and he finds himself actually living in the places he is writing about at that moment. I myself, if you want to know, fall into a kind of trance, and everything around me disappears. I see only the point of my pencil moving over the paper, and quite often two hours go by as though they were a couple of seconds.” 17 likes
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