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Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

November 22, 2013

Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a collection of seven short stories by Roald Dahl and there’s not a stinker in the bunch.  As you would expect, I enjoyed some stories more than others but thought they were all worth reading.  Even though this is a children’s book, I think adults will enjoy the nuances of the stories and some children will be bothered by the dark nature of some of the stories.

My favorite story is The Boy Who Talked With Animals.  When some fishermen capture an ancient turtle, a resort hotel wants to drag it ashore so they can make turtle soup and get the tortoise shell.  A young boy who happens by convinces them to do otherwise.  The title story, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, was probably my second favorite.  Henry Sugar can see without his eyes and uses his skill to help others.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I thought Andrew Scott’s narration was okay.  There were times when I felt his narration lacked expression so I had to remind myself to pay attention.  The audio is on 6 CDs and lasts approximately 7 hours.

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I will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2013 5:50 am

    Roald Dahl’s books lured my son into reading when he was in elementary school. I didn’t know about this collection of short stories!

  2. November 22, 2013 8:03 am

    I love stories about communicating with animals. Dr. Doolittle was always my favorite!

  3. Patty permalink
    November 22, 2013 9:04 am

    Read all of these when I was teaching and loved them!

  4. November 22, 2013 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a great collection of stories!

  5. November 22, 2013 6:18 pm

    This sounds like a delightful collection! I’m going to look for it.

  6. November 22, 2013 6:30 pm

    Roald Dahl was a favorite of all my girls!

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 22, 2013 7:28 pm

    Love the title.

  8. November 22, 2013 8:05 pm

    I’ll have to find out if my granddaughter has any Roald Dahl’s books. This looks like a good one for her.

  9. November 22, 2013 8:46 pm

    This does sound like a wonderful collection of short stories by Roald Dahl!

  10. November 22, 2013 10:18 pm

    For some reason I’ve never read much Dahl, but it will probably appeal to Gage so I should!

  11. November 23, 2013 11:36 pm

    I know I don’t have this one – I thought I had everything Dahl had written. I’m going to look for it – sounds like a great collection.

  12. November 26, 2013 12:20 pm

    This does sound wonderful especially on audio.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    December 2, 2013 6:58 pm

    I need to put this one in the car for Booking Son.

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