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Product Description

Did you catch it on TV at Christmas? Dahl’s dippy epic story of tortoises and true love. It’s so funny you’ll be tickled right out of your shell. Shy Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor, harbours a secret passion for his neighbour: the lovely Mrs Silver. Sadly, she lavishes all her affection on Alfie, her pet tortoise! So Mr Hoppy dreams up a brave and wild plan to win the love of his lady. And it works: it’s won our undying love as well.

  • Hilarious Roald Dahl classic loved by millions
  • Simple short text perfect for younger solo readers
  • Black-and-white pictures by Quentin Blake

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780141346496

Publisher

Puffin

Date published

February 7th, 2013

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, South Wales on September 13th 1916. His parents were Norwegian, and were called Harald and Sofie. He went to Repton school, in Derbyshire, and left school in 1933.

His first job was in Africa, with the Shell Oil Company. In the second world war he fought as a fighter pilot, and was badly injured when his plane crashed. After the war he worked in America, and soon started writing stories.

His very first children’s book, written in 1943 was called The Gremlins. Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of the President of the USA liked it so much he was invited to the White House and became friends with the President, Franklin D Roosevelt.

He wrote a number of books and short stories for adults, many of which were televised as the hugely popular Tales of the Unexpected.

But it was as a children’s author that he found greatest fame and satisfaction, saying “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers…Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.” Millions of fans around the world agreed and have chuckled and gasped at his amazing stories. His mesmerising stories, written in sizzling, sparkly language, will lead you into adventures you’ll never ever forget!

From 1945 until his death, he lived at Gipsy House, in Buckinghamshire, where he wrote his famous children’s books. He died in hospital in Oxford, on November 23rd, 1990. His books have continued to be read and loved, and have been made into a number of hit films, including Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can even visit the Roald Dahl Museum in the village where Dahl lived for most of his life.

In 2009 the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was established in his memory.

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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    bluepeter123456
    on 25 June 2015

    I have read this book and it is really good! I like how Mr Hoppy helps Mrs Silver making her tortoise Alfie grow bigger

    5out of 5
  2. Pearl 113298

    mrunu
    on 25 February 2015

    I think that he is in love with the women who owns the turtle.🐢🐢🐢

  3. Avatar fairy 761766

    Jatinder82
    on 25 January 2015

    I love this book just like the man loves the lady he lives next to.i want everyone to read this lovely endin book!

    5out of 5
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    adventuretimelover
    on 6 January 2015

    i rated this book five stars because i have read it a gizillion times yet it still enchants me, and although i didnt like the movie i love the book

    5out of 5
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    fairydust2015
    on 2 January 2015

    I have seen the movie of this! I think it is a very good film, so maybe the book will be the same. This is a wonderful book and film.

    -Disha