The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

And Six More

Book - 1977
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Baker & Taylor
An account of how Roald Dahl came to be a writer and selections from his writer's notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth and peopled with characters both outrageous and courageous

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1977
ISBN: 9780553154450
0553154451
9780394936048
0394936043
9780553155419
0553155415
9780553152647
0553152645
9780394836041
0394836049
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 22 cm

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LightningTaco
Jul 13, 2017

This book review is not about, ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More’. Surprise! (And please don't get mad at me.) I am going to write a review about, ‘Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong’ because it is currently not in the West Vancouver library (at least I don’t think it is) so I can’t write a review about it under it. But, if you like ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More’ you will most likely like the book ‘Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong’ just like I did! I have read them both and they are both very good. They both are funny, mysterious and in different parts of the different stories it leaves you wondering, “what will happen next?” (in ‘Henry Sugar and Six More’ there are several stories and they are different so some are mysterious, or funny, or both). Anyway, I recommend both but now I will talk about ‘Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong’. I also loved reading this book for so many reasons!!! The writer, “Tom O’Donnell” has a funny sense of humour, like one part, Sam thinks he is going to die (he has encountered Squirrel Kong) so he is thinking of something to write as an epitaph. Words strait from the book “ “Here lies Sam Gibbs, Pulverized by a Squirrel the Size of a Small Orca.” As an epitaph, it would certainly stand out in the cemetery. Still, it didn’t seem like the most peaceful way to go.” It is also really exciting. It is about a boy named Sam Gibbs who - with Hamstersaurus Rex - encounters a weird, rare, scary, and not known to be existent Squirrel Kong! Later something destroys the science lab while school is not happening so no body knows what it is. Sam tries to tell the others (because he and Hamstersaurus Rex saw Squirrel Kong after school hours in the forest at school) who he believes it was but everyone thinks that the Squirrel Kong idea is ridiculous. Of course, no body believes him. The only thing they think it could be is Sam’s class’s class pet who is Hamstersaurus Rex! I am guessing an experiment at school went wrong so that is how the little hamster became a hamster that looks like a dinosaur. I found out they have 2 other books and this is the second one. The first one is probably about how Hamstersaurus Rex became who he is (the front cover of the first book has a normal hamster on it) so I am really excited to read it! Back ‘Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong’. Hamstersaurus Rex is like Sam’s favourite thing so so sam is trying to protect the hamster from getting sent to “Maple Bluffs Department of Animal Control” which is were they keep possibly/definitely dangerous animals. Can Sam save Hamstersaurus Rex from getting sent there? There is wayyyyy more excitement and adventure to the book than just trying to save Hamstersaurus Rex so definitely check it out!

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kindnesschan
Mar 26, 2015

is it really that awesome

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edcorrie
Aug 17, 2014

All the short stories in this book are very descriptive and detailed. The fictional ones are so well written that you may wonder if the events actually did happen.

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rbeckbro
Feb 19, 2014

If you've ever asked yourself, "Can outstanding children's authors write in other genres just as well?", here's one answer: Roald Dahl can. In this collection of short stories, Dahl shows his storytelling genius with a collection of factual and fictitious gems.

Rabia_S Dec 14, 2011

First read this book in maybe grade 6 but almost 10 years later still enjoy it and have read it many times over the years. Dahl has a great way of writing children's stories that can be appreciated as one gets older.

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jgrnlees
Sep 20, 2011

I enjoyed some stories more than others. The Boy Who Talked with Animals was enjoyable. The Swan was not. This is not a book for children of any age, in my opinion. The only illustration is the one on the cover. The stories are all text and no pictures. And the text is very serious in nature. Two of the stories contain information about Roald Dahl's World War II service. And one of the stories (The Swan) is about two bullies who seem to get away with their crimes. PARENTS, PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN READ THIS BOOK!

ksoles May 19, 2011

I loved Roald Dahl books as a child but I recently realized that I still haven't read a lot of his work. This book contains a wonderful collection of stories, offering a clever mix of fantasy and reality. There's the young boy who rescues and talks to a giant sea turtle, the plowman who discovers an incredible buried treasure, the cunning
hitchhiker who pick-pockets faster than the eye can see, and the wealthy man who learns how to read playing cards face-down. In addition to memorable characters and fantastic plots, this book also contains the story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post.

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kindnesschan
Mar 26, 2015

kindnesschan thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 64

librariansareawesome thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 60

orange_tiger_1456 Aug 15, 2013

orange_tiger_1456 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

violet_cat_1889 Sep 09, 2012

violet_cat_1889 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Rabia_S Dec 14, 2011

Rabia_S thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jgrnlees
Sep 20, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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jgrnlees
Sep 20, 2011

Violence: The Swan: Two bullies go off to hunt but first meet a rather frail boy of 13. They tie him up & place him on working railroad tracks. He lives only to be shot in the thigh later on. NO punishment for the bullies is mentioned. The last 2 stories: Dahl talks about the brutal canings he received as a schoolboy & how it felt to have his body burn when his WWII fighter plane was shot down/caught fire.

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