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SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Spotty Powder and other Splendiferous Secrets is essentially a behind-the-scenes book for those who are familiar with all of Roald Dahl’s work for children. Filled with little nuggets of extras from the book, bonus facts about Dahl, and anecdotes from his childhood, this is a treasure trove for those whose childhoods were defined by Dahl.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
The book has the following in it-
- Roald Dahl’s Favourite Things
- Meet Quentin Blake (the illustrator for almost all of Dahl’s books)
- Roald Dahl’s School Reports
- Roald’s Family Holidays
- A missing chapter from early drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- Dahl and his children’s books greatly influenced me as a child. For me, this was a delightful blast from the past.
- The book hasn’t really been written by Roald Dahl. It is a collection of stories and documents which Puffin has published. In a way, it lets Dahl’s legacy live on.
- One of the features of the book is a description of each month, in Dahl’s words. This was arguably my favorite part.
- Quentin Blake’s illustrations are beautiful.
- For those who don’t like autobiographical books or didn’t have a childhood, I would not recommend this book.
WHO IS IT FOR?
- Lovers of Dahl (in general)
- Lovers of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- People who like collector’s editions of books
I hope you enjoy this book.