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The Vicar Of Nibbleswicke : Puffin Bks. - Roald Dahl

The Vicar Of Nibbleswicke

Puffin Bks.

Paperback Published: October 1992
ISBN: 9780140348910
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

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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+

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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)

ISBN: 9780140348910
ISBN-10: 0140348913
Series: Puffin Bks.
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: October 1992
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 12.8  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1

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Roald Dahl

About the Author

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!'

After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!).

With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward. Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo.

Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Forester sent Roald Dahl's work straight to the Saturday Evening Post. Roald Dahl's growing success as an author led him to meet many famous people including Walt Disney, Franklin Roosevelt, and the movie star Patricia Neal. Patricia and Roald were married only one year after they met!

The couple bought a house in Great Missenden called Gipsy House. It was here that Roald Dahl began to tell his five children made-up bedtime stories and from those that he began to consider writing stories for children.

An old wooden shed in the back garden, with a wingbacked armchair, a sleeping bag to keep out the cold, an old suitcase to prop his feet on and always, always six yellow pencils at his hand, was where Roald created the worlds of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many, many more.

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