Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

How exciting to discover there's a Roald Dahl book I haven't read. I've loved him since I was a child, so was thrilled to find an untouched copy of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More in my school. Despite what the cover may imply, this is not a children's novel like James and the Giant Peach. What the reader will find here is a collection of short stories that are targeted to older readers.

My favorite of these enjoyable stories is "The Hitchhiker", in which a light-fingered travel companion amazes and saves the protagonist. Dahl loves to turn a narrative and surprise the reader. For my students who are working on making predictions in their reading, this would be a challenge, but a good way to enjoy unexpected twists in a story. Reading techniques aside, anything by Dahl is fun to read. These stories aren't classics like Matilda or The Witches, but I'd still rather be reading Roald Dahl that just about anyone else.

1 comment:

  1. Oooooh, this used to be one of my favorites! I still think about the story of that man who could see without his eyes. Roald Dahl just never gets old!

    PS: I'm so happy you stopped by Book Love! And that you're a fellow lover of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian :) I recently found out that that will be the One Maryland, One Book pick for the upcoming school year and I couldn't be more excited!!


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