This is a book made up of seven short stories by Roald Dahl, who also wrote great books like James & the Giant Peach, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. I loved this book so much. I think it was the best book I’ve ever read.
The stories in the book were: The Boy Who Talked With Animals, The Hitchhiker, The Mildenhall Treasure, The Swan, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Lucky Break, and A Piece of Cake. The stories that stood out for me were The Swan and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.
The Swan is a story about two boys who kill a swan and then torture and bully a little boy named Peter who tried to stop them. It was really a sad story, because they killed a beautiful swan, and they really hurt Peter who was just trying to be nice. It wasn’t my favorite story, but I’ll always remember it because of how Peter stood up to the bullies.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is about a man (named Henry Sugar) who is rich and greedy. He is 41 and not married because he doesn’t want to have to share his money and gold with a wife! He goes to visit a friend a reads a book that changes everything for him. The book is about a man in India who can see with his eyes closed, and can see through things. Henry decides he has to learn to do this — he thinks he could make a lot of money in casinos if he could see the cards. After years and years, he teaches himself to see without his eyes, but then learns that all his money can make other people happier than him. He starts to give away all his money and everyone thinks he is a hero.
The rest of the stories were good, too. I want to read more of Roald Dahl’s books!