Monday, March 15, 2010

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Caveat emptor.

I spied Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories in the window of a bookstore when I was back in the states. I was elated--I'm a massive Dahl fan and my students eat up everything he writes. As I was in a hurry, I made a note to add the book to our wish list.

Time passed and eventually someone donated the novel. I brought it home and began to read, slowly realizing this was a collection of fourteen short stories that Roald Dahl enjoyed, not wrote. Not only that, they were very old stories, written in complicated language, and they weren't even scary!

I added the book to the Dahl section of the library and have seen countless students pick it up, excited by the cover. After leafing through the pages, they sadly place it back on the shelf. I wonder if it is unfair to even have it there, tempting them.

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