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Sep 25 2018

How not to be a twit and other wisdom from Roald Dahl

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Ill. by Quentin Blake, Puffin. ISBN 9780241330821
(Age: 6+) Themes: Roald Dahl. Witticisms. Sayings. In this unusual offering from The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd, children can read witticisms and sayings taken from Dahl's books. Based around one of his most popular books, The Twits, the introduction tells us that not being a twit is something to be aimed for and this little volume will help you avoid the trap (of growing up).
With quotes from his broad acreage of books, and references to where the quotes are from, this inviting volume of sayings will push readers to search out the books from which the quotes came, reacquainting themselves with the humour contained in Dahl's books. To quote just a few: "What's so wonderful about being a little boy anyway? Why is that necessarily any better than being a mouse? Little boys have to go to school. Mice don't." (The Witches)
"It's impossible to make your eyes twinkly if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself" (Danny the Champion of the World) "Life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones" (Going Solo)
And all illustrated with the dancing pen of Quentin Blake, the familiar lines of his technique will enthral the reader, recognising his drawings form other Dahl books they have read.
A sure fire book to reinvigorate interest in Dahl's stories and Blake's illustrations, this volume, designed to fit comfortably in a small hand, will be bought by those with fond memories of their work, designed to pass it on to their children and grandchildren.
Fran Knight

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