08 September 2016

Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday Celebration Giveaway plus a Review of Going Solo

Celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday
What's your favorite Roald Dahl book? Is it the beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or one of the lesser-know stories, such as Esio Trot, or one of his true-life tales? I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I had no idea Dahl wrote an autobiographical book about his life during World War II. So when I was given the chance to participate in the celebration of the anniversary of Dahl's 100th birthday, I decided to read and feature his book Going Solo.

Review: Going Solo by Roald Dahl Going Solo has that famous Roald Dahl magic about it. The story contains a fantastic combination of humor and breathless adventure, but every episode is absolutely true.

The book opens when Dahl sets sail for Africa, where he was headed to work for Shell Company. You wouldn't believe the quirky people he meets on board, such as Major Griffiths and his wife, who got their daily exercise by jogging on deck . . . totally nude!

Once settled into his job, Dahl had opportunities to go on safari into some of the most beautiful and pristine places on earth. Of course, Africa was not without its trials, such as trying to stay clear of the deadly mamba snakes.

After war was declared, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force and was taught to fly. His exploits as a fighter pilot were full of harrowing adventure, including an emergency landing in the desert in which he was severely injured. After months in an Egyptian hospital, he was told he wouldn't be able to fly again, but Dahl proved the doctors wrong. He participated some very scary missions, including an air fight over Greece during which he lost several close friends and barely made it out alive, after his Hurricane monoplane was hit.

Eventually though, Dahl's injuries took their toll, and he was granted a medical discharge and sent back to England to be reunited with his mother.

From start to finish, the autobiography remains accessible to children and adults alike, thanks to Dahl's conversational style. I loved all the very cool extras in Going Solo too: maps, Dahl's own black and white photographs, letters, telegrams, military documents, and more. If you haven't read Going Solo, you should take the time to read this fascinating (and sometimes funny!) personal account of Roald Dahl's life in Africa and his experiences as a fighter pilot for the RAF.

Celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday

GIVEAWAY: As part of the month-long celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, Penguin Young Readers/Puffin is releasing redesigned paperback covers of 15 of his books. What's a party without a gift? Penguin is giving away one set of the paperback collection (15 titles) plus a special edition Roald Dahl tote bag to one person. The publishers will be picking the winner and sending out the prize pack. All you have to do to enter is fill out the following Rafftercopter form. Many other book blogs are also celebrating this week and next, so you can find additional entry forms on their blogs. Good luck, and if you win, you'll be hearing from Penguin Young Readers!

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bermudaonion 9/8/16, 9:00 AM  

I didn't know about Going Solo either. I've loved all of his books that I've read.

sherry fundin 9/8/16, 10:15 AM  

Thanks for sharing the great post and giveaway.

sherry @ fundinmental

Vicki 9/8/16, 12:51 PM  

Why have I never read a book by Dahl? I need to correct that.

Tina 9/9/16, 6:19 AM  

Wow, 100 years?! We have enjoyed so many of his books and read them to our son when he was growing up. Great giveaway and I never had heard of Going Solo.

Lisbeth 9/10/16, 3:13 AM  

Thank you for the review. Sounds fascinating. I love Roald Dahl and will look for this one.

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