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Bronte's Book Club by Kristiana Gregory
Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
Destination Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks
The Egyptian Box by Jane Louise Curry
Explorers on the Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Fairy Glade and Other Enchanting Stories by Dawn Beaumont-Lane
Firehorn by Robert Reed
Fishing, for Christians by Tim Roux
The Girls by Helen Yglesias
The Glenn Miller Conspiracy by Hunton Downs
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith
I Spy Fantasy by Jean Marzollo
Land of Black Gold by Georges Remi Hergé
The Motorman's Coat by John Kessel
The Mouse, The Cat and Grandmother's Hat by Nancy Willard
Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman
Mysterious Magical Circus Family Kids: The Chocolate Cake Turkey Lip Crumb Trail Mystery Adventure by R. Hawk Starkey
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
One Bright Star to Guide Them by Mark C. Wright
Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison
Retrograde Summer by John Varley
The Second Ship by Richard Phillips
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
She and I: A Fugue by Michael R. Brown
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt
Warrior from Heaven by Kermit Zarley



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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

Vicar of NibbleswickeVicar 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

anothercookiecrumbles

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

Pussreboots

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.