Boy – Tales of Childhood

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Jonathan Cape, 1984, UK.
      • To identify: Standard practice statement (‘First published’ followed by the date with no later printings listed underneath), with jacket priced £6.50
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984, USA.
      • To identify: Standard practice statement ( ‘First Edition’ with date or ‘First American Edition’ with date, no later dates or printing statements), with jacket priced $10.95
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984, USA.
      • To identify: With slip case, not priced, signed by author & illustrator. Limitation page with number out of 200 copies.
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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories?

From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl’s tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury’s? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don’t yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed!



  • Boston Globe-Horn Books Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (USA 1985)

Criticism and Analysis

Fun Stuff

Boy - Tales of Childhood Trivia Quiz
Boy – Tales of Childhood Trivia Quiz

Sotheby’s Dahl Auction 1997

Teacher Ideas

  • Boy – “Goat’s Tobacco” Activities
    • Includes a number of story analysis exercises pertaining to the “Goat’s Tobacco” incident
  • Boy – Book Review & Activity
    • Fun activity to help improve students’ ability to write with descriptive details that allow the reader to visualize in their head.
  • Boy – The Great Mouse Plot
    • Six brand new lesson plans for teaching Roald Dahl's Boy: Tales of Childhood create by YPO to explore Literacy and PSHE objectives, whilst exploring themes such as descriptions, colourful characters and information gathering.
  • Boy – Unit Lesson Plan
    • Includes unit of instruction for 20 lessons, 5 lesson plans, condensed first lesson, autobiographical scaffold, and comparative question
  • Boy – Vague Pronouns
    • Students read and analyze a mentor text (an excerpt from the book), write their own narrative vignette, and analyze their use of pronouns in their vignette.
  • Quick Student Workbooks
    • Designed to get students thinking critically about the text they read and provide a guided study format to facilitate in improved learning and retention


Bulgarian Covers – Момче

Catalan Covers – El nen

Czech Covers – Kluk

Estonian Covers – Poiss. Lapsepõlvelood

French Covers – Moi, Boy

German Covers – Boy – Schönes und Schrekliches aus meiner Kinderzeit

Japanese Covers – 少年

Korean Covers

Norwegian Covers – Gutt

Russian Covers – Мальчик

Serbian Covers – Dečak: Priče o detinjstvu

Spanish Covers – Boy – Relatos de infancia

Vietnamese Covers – Những ngày xưa yêu dấu