A decade after his death, new collections of Roald Dahl's writings were still being published
Think of your very favourite Roald Dahl moment and surely a song or a verse cannot be far away...
Rhymes and songs, poems and verse - they're all a big part of Roald Dahl's stories. From the strange and scrumptious dishes enjoyed by James's centipede, to George and his marvellous medicine; from greedy Augustus Gloop to the Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Songs and Verse brings together many of Roald's classics, as well as some previously unpublished treats.
Published in 2005, Songs and Verse has seven themed sections bursting with monsters, ghastly children, magical creatures, unpleasant adults and - of course - a few surprises. Roald's principal illustrator Quentin Blake provides the illustrations for each section and shares some of his memories of working with Roald in the book's foreword.
There are also many other wonderful illustrations from people like Peter Bailey, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, Gerald Scarfe, Axel Scheffler and Posy Simmonds.
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More About Boy is the expanded story of Roald Dahl's childhood. It includes the original text of Boy, plus some amazing extra stories, photos and letters.
In Boy, Roald Dahl told us about some of the most memorable incidents from his childhood. More About Boy contains, as you might guess, even more. There are dozens of additional photographs and letters from Roald's boyhood, plus several autobiographical pieces gathered for the first time, including Roald's reflections on how his upbringing helped him become a writer.
All of Roald's writings - from his childhood letters to early drafts of his famous stories, correspondence with his editors and wonderful artefacts from his childhood and long career - are now housed in the archive at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Roald's home town of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
More About Boy gives us the chance to take a little peek at some of this wonderful material - and to see how hos own childhood helped inspire some of Roald's most marvellous work.
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