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Vicar of Nibbleswicke: 07/15/09

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl was written for Dyslexia Institute in London (now Dyslexia Action) and published the year after his death.

The book starts off on the wrong foot by a heavy handed mentioning of dyslexia and of the foundation. It continues downhill from there as the boy has grown up to become Parson Lee and is so scared by his first assignment that he's now speaking in a fictional "front-to-back" dyslexia. This of course is just a method for Dahl to include his usual potty humor at the expense of the Vicar.

For instance, the Vicar tells a young group of girls getting ready for their first communion that they should "pis a little" instead of "sip a little." Later he tells the congregation not to "krap on the road" when he means "park on the road." Oh... funny stuff.... not.

The only good thing about the book is that it is short. It's sixty eight pages long and for me a complete waste of time.

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 17, 2009 at 03:11:31


God, that sounds terrible!! Think it's the first time I've seen a negative Dahl review. Luckily for me, I've enjoyed all of his works that I have read.

Comment #2: Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 12:36:24


Most of the reviews I read (and linked to) were positive but the book just rubbed me the wrong way. It was a combination of the potty humor and the misinformation about how dyslexia affects people that made me dislike the book.

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