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Songs and Verse – Roald Dahl

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If I compare my sons’ childhood with my own, I don’t think there is much that I envy them, but one thing that I would pick out would be their access to Roald Dahl’s books. Reading them aloud when they were very young, I think I got as much enjoyment from them as they did, but very soon they were devouring them by themselves. I thought we had gone through the whole range of Dahl’s novels, poetry books and autobiographies, so I was pleasantly surprised to come across a collection of his ‘Songs and Verses’, which does contain some previously unpublished material.

Having recognised Quentin Blake’s delightful style of drawing on the front cover, I was initially disappointed to find that he has not illustrated the whole book. I needn’t have been, as there is a fantastic variety of styles from the twenty-six artists who have contributed, including Gerald Scarfe and Babette Cole. Blake has written the foreword and has provided drawings for the opening of each section.


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