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review 2018-01-06 02:19
The last story strengthened my resolve to never go on a cruise
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories by Dahl, Roald (2012) Paperback - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories was a must-have for me for 2 reasons: 1. Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors and I want to read everything he's ever written and 2. I love ghost stories. I have to admit that going into this one I was very much under the impression that this was going to be a book filled with stories written by Dahl himself. I clearly hadn't read the synopsis or book jacket because that is not what this book is about. This is a collection of some of Dahl's favorite ghost stories written by other people. He compiled this list when he was working on a project for American television and his preparation was extensive. He read 749 tales of the supernatural by different authors and from that large number he whittled it down to 14 of his favorites that he felt were not only excellent examples of writing in this genre but that would make for good television. (He also discovered that women are experts in this field and until the 11th hour he thought they would beat out the men with a hard majority.) Since there are 14 different stories in this collection, I will only talk about 2 that I found particularly chilling (and yes they are written by women). 


The first is called 'Harry' and was written by Rosemary Timperley. It bore a striking resemblance to The Imaginary in that its primary focus was on a little girl who had a strong friendship with an imaginary boy. The biggest difference here is that the mom tried very hard to squash this relationship because she had a deep and abiding fear...of the name Harry. Yes, I too found this odd. Nevertheless, while it may seem irrational this fear was quite powerful and instead of ignoring the interactions of her child and her invisible playmate she let it consume her until...well you'll have to read the story.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-11-25 16:04
L'Enfant Qui Parlait Aux Animaux - Roald Dahl,Morgan

Trois histoires :

L'enfant qui parlait aux animaux : The boy who talked with animals
L'auto-stoppeur : The Hitch-Hiker
Le trésor de Mildenhall : The Mildenhall treasure

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review 2017-11-08 01:34
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston
Zorgamazoo - Victor Rivas,Robert Paul Weston

I did it! I read this book.

Now you're thinking that it isn't such a big deal to read a children's book. It could take most readers a day or two, but I had the nuttiest inspiration to read this book out loud to myself. I do not live alone and I could only read this when there was nobody around. Plus I could not read for very long periods of times because my throat would start to hurt. Needless to say, it took me a while to read this. I could have pushed myself and read every day, but I didn't, plus I was reading other things too.

I did not expect so much feeling from this book. It really does remind me of Dr. Seuss and Raold Dahl like the blurb on the book says. It also has A Series of Unfortunate Events vibe in the sense that it is a children's book that doesn't sugar coat words. It is very dark and morbid at times. I love this about children books. People do not give kids enough credit and they can handle a bunch more than sickly sweet stories where nothing bad happens, so it is nice to have a series like Lemony Snicket's or this book.

There were times in the book were I got choked up while reading and that came out of the blue. The characters were really well written and I felt close to them.

The only reason it did not get a five star is two bits. There was a point where one of the characters was mean to another character and it irked me quite a lot because I thought she would know better than treat someone that way, considering how her guardian was toward her. This only happened once, so I wasn't bothered enough to stop reading, which I could have been if it continued to happen.

The other bit is some of the writing did not flow as well as a verse should flow. This might be because I'm reading it out loud, but it should roll off the tongue, I believe and be like a song or epic poem. (The rhyming kind.)

Other than that I loved this book and the characters. Even the villains were done so bad that they were good, you know what I mean. Same as the parents in a lot of children books, I disliked the guardian figure in this story, but you are meant to. The author wrote her so creepily well.

Side note, this is the first book I have wrote in, marked up, highlighted since I was a child and that wasn't seen as so taboo in the book community. I don't know if I will continue to annotate my books, but the experience, though frightening, was very fun.


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review 2017-10-02 07:32
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
George's Marvellous Medicine - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine is a very short children's book that is enhanced by Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations. George's grandmother isn't very nice so he decides to make her a new medicine with the hopes of improving her temperament. However, things don't go as planned and George manages to concoct several medicines with unusual properties. This is a funny story that little children will probably enjoy - their grandmother's, not so much.


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review 2017-10-01 15:38
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

- Combien d'astronautes à bord?
- Aucun, répondit Shuckworth. Ça ne peut pas être des astronautes.
- Et pourquoi?
- Parce que trois d'entre eux sont en chemise de nuit!

- Bien sûr que je suis là, dit Shanks. Comment osez-vous nous interrompre? Et qui êtes-vous?
- Le président des États-Unis, dit la voix.
- Et moi, le magicien d'Oz, dit Shanks. Vous voulez me faire marcher?

- Je vous jure que c'est un lit.
- Vous êtes fondu, Shanks, déclara le président. Fondu comme un fromage! Passez-moi Showler.

- C'est très difficile de téléphoner en Chine, monsieur le président, dit le général des transmissions. Il y a plein de Wing et de Wong dans le pays et, quand on veut obtenir un Wing, on a un Wong.
Le président décrocha à nouveau le récepteur.
- Mes compliments, honorable président, dit une voix douce, au loin. Chou-In-Gom, vice-Premier ministre à l'appareil. Que puis-je faire pour vous?
- Toc, toc, dit le président.
- Qui est là?
- Attention
- Attention quoi?
- Attention vous-même quand vous tombez de la Grande Muraille de Chine, dit le président. OK, Chou-In-Gom, je voudrais parler au Premier ministre Ko-Mao-Sava.

- Je ne veux pas être une Moins! coassa grand-maman Georgina. Si je dois encore retourner sur cette affreuse Terre des Moins, les Gnoulis me gnouleront!

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