The Vicar Of Nibbleswicke was written by Roald Dahl in the last months of his life. In a typical act of generosity he donated the story (and Quentin Blake's illustrations) for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute.
Reverend Lee is so worried about being in charge of his own parish for the first time that his childhood dyslexia comes back, in the form of a strange speech defect. He doesn't realize he's doing it, but key words come out of his mouth backwards. The parishioners are amused and later shocked at the garbled messages from the pulpit until finally a cure is found: the Vicar of Nibbleswicke must walk backwards for the rest of his life. Age 8+
The nervous new vicar's youthful dyslexia suddenly resurfaces in an odd form: Certain words come out of his mouth reversed. Thus, advising a group of first communicants on how to accept the wine, he cries, "You must never plug it...What you must do is pis. Pis gently." After a stream of similar incidents, the vicar sees a doctor who reassures him ("Back-to-Front Dyslexia. It is very common among tortoises...") and prescribes a simple cure: walk backwards. And so the vicar does, through a long and happy career. Dahl wrote this story (and auctioned the rights) to benefit the Dyslexia Institute; the book is slim but handsomely designed, with a series of cheery pictorial vignettes and a brief tribute to the late author from his frequent collaborator, one of Britain's leading comic illustrators. Just a dram of Dahl, but vintage. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Puffin Bks.
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: October 1992
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 12.9 x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.08