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Illustrated by Martin Remphry
Roald Dahl's life story is told from his birth in Cardiff in 1916 until his death in 1990, in simple language, appropriate for able seven-year-olds upwards, with black and white line drawings on every page. Of course Dahl's novels are mentioned and children will be pleased to read about a favourite, but the point is also made that he was a source of controversy, not everyone liking his books as much as children do. This biography tells of his unhappy boarding school days, and his war experiences. This is a well-produced hardback but the small format (13 x 20cm), lack of colour pictures and the price may be a drawback. This book is one of a series of 25 to date, featuring people from Elizabeth I to Saint Patrick, from Mozart to A A Milne.