I spent many years in the classroom and I have asked myself on many an occasion just what it is that makes Roald Dahl so popular.
The reason I have decided on is that he knew that children love the grossest parts of life: they love the dirt and the smells along with revenge and getting away with it.
Boy provides the background to many of his greatest novels. These ‘tales of childhood’ are autobiographical but are still embellished with the usual Dahl trademarks. We do get to see, however, the seeds of the plots to some of his later stories and it is as enjoyable as any of them, ‘The Great Mouse Plot’ being the most famous, and justifiably so.