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Dressed up as a fun tale about a tortoise, this is a story which condones a man who steals from, manipulates and tricks a neighbour as a prelude to marriage.
We've loved Roald Dahl so far in the form of The Enormous Crocodile and Fantastic Mr Fox, but this was a shocker. I don't think it's OK to say that it depends on what your child will take away from it either. It's stark and children are shaped by everything they see and hear.
I bought this after watching the Roald Dahl's most marvellous books for his 100th birthday, and because we were doing Roald Dahl day at school. I'd never read this one, so wanted to give it a go just for my own collection.
I love it! The kids thought it was hilarious because it was about a man being in love (cue the 30 voices shouting "yuk!") but they also thought it was super happy at the end. Such a lovely, harmless little story and it was short enough that we could read it in only 3 sittings (with my 6-7 year olds, so we can't sit on the carpet for too long!). Would definitely recommend!
Absolutely superb book and one that can be read by children and adults alike. Having watched the movie with Dustin Hoffman and Judie Dench and thoroughly enjoyed it was keen to read this. This is probably one of the only books I have come across so far of Roald Dahl's with a romantic element to it. I kept wondering what Mrs Silver what have done if she had known the truth of how her tortoise Alfie had increased in size ! :)
I read this book when I was younger and recently purchased it for my niece. She loved the story and talked about it for weeks afterwards. It is a feelgood lovely story that is suitable for little ones and older children. My niece is 6 and this was perfect for her in length, style and content. I would recommend this to Dahl fans and those who want to start reading his books, this is a prefct start to Dahl's stories. I hope everyone enjoys this as much as we did.
Maybe it's my love of tortoises or maybe it's my love of Roald Dahl or maybe it's the two combined but this is one of my favourite love stories ever! The man is a genius and I'm so pleased to be able to share my favourites with my own little one.