Going Solo (Penguin Readers Level 4)

Age Range: 12 – 17  years

Roald Dahl flew planes in the Second World War (1939- 1945) when Germany, Italy and Japan fought against Britain and other countries. Going Solo is Dahl’s time with the RAF (Royal Air Force). He writes, “I did not need to leave out anything here because every moment was, to me, totally interesting”.

Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills.

Going Solo, a Level 4 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing more complex uses of present perfect simple, passives, phrasal verbs and simple relative clauses. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear regularly.

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The Enormous Crocodile (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry-and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his nasty schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget. Dahl’s wicked humor is as delightful as ever in this new, larger edition of a hilarious favorite.

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The Magic Finger (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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Every Saturday morning the Greg family goes off to shoot animals and birds. But the girl who lives next door hates hunting.
Now it’s made her so angry she’s PUT THE MAGIC FINGER ON THEM ALL. And very strange things have begun to happen . . .

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More About Boy (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

MORE ABOUT BOY contains a wealth of new photos, facts and writings about Roald Dahl and his childhood, together with the original text and illustrations from his much-loved memoir.

As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl.

There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop.

There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury’s.

You’ll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the car accident when Roald’s nose was nearly sliced clean off . . Now you can discover even more about Roald Dahl’s childhood, including some secrets he left out. Some are painful, some are funny, but all of them are TRUE.

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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WHOOSH! Inside the Great Glass Elevator, Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and his family are cruising a thousand feet above the chocolate factory.

They can see the whole world below them, but they’re not alone. The American Space Hotel has just launched. Lurking inside are the Vernicious Knids – the most brutal, vindictive murderous beasts in the universe.

So grab your gizzard! Hold your hats! Only Charlie and Willy Wonka can stop the Knids from destroying everything!

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Danny, the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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Danny lives in a gipsy caravan with his father, the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.

All the land around them belongs to Mr Victor Hazell, a rich snob with a great glistening beery face and tiny piggy eyes. Nobody likes him, not one-little bit.

So one day, Danny and his father concoct a daring plot that will give the old blue-faced baboon Victor Hazell the greatest shock of his life – so long as they don’t get caught…

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Boy (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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BOY, Roald Dahl’s bestselling autobiography, is full of hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and school days, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop.

There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury’s.

You’ll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the motor-car accident when Roald’s nose was nearly sliced clean off . . .

Roald Dahl vividly shares his memories; some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. All are true.

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Boy and Going Solo (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

Boy and Going Solo is the whole of Roald Dahl’s extraordinary autobiography in one volume.

Reissued in the exciting new Roald Dahl branding.

Roald Dahl wasn’t always a writer. Once he was just a schoolboy. Have you ever wondered what he was like growing up?
In BOY you’ll find out why he and his friends took revenge on the beastly Mrs Pratchett who ran the sweet shop. He remembers what it was like taste-testing chocolate for Cadbury’s and he even reveals how his nose was nearly sliced off.

Then in GOING SOLO you’ll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling.

Roald Dahl tells his story in his own words – and it’s all TRUE.

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Going Solo (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a classic Roald Dahl story.

Billy’s biggest wish is to turn a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet shop. But then he finds a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey living inside – they’re the Ladderless Window Cleaners! Who needs ladders when you’ve got a giraffe? They become best friends and when they meet the richest man in all England, there’s a chance Billy’s scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true . . .

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a classic Roald Dahl story.

Billy’s biggest wish is to turn a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet shop. But then he finds a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey living inside – they’re the Ladderless Window Cleaners! Who needs ladders when you’ve got a giraffe? They become best friends and when they meet the richest man in all England, there’s a chance Billy’s scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true . . .

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The BFG (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant.

Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle.

But there are other giants in Giant Country.

Fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat.

Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them? Let’s hope so – otherwise the next child a gruesome giant guzzles could be YOU.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 11  years

“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams

Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.

And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television.

Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?

Our tour is about to begin. Please don’t wander off. Mr Wonka wouldn’t like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings . . .

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The Witches (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 9 – 11  years

‘A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero’ – David Walliams

One child a week is fifty-two a year.
Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.

BEWARE.

There are witches EVERYWHERE. Witches could be a cashier in a supermarket, a woman driving a fancy car, or even your own teacher.

The only thing a witch cares about is squelching children. She hunts and squelches as many children as she possibly can. At least one a week.

The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of YOU disappear.

Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her. But if their plan fails, the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what will happen?

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Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl)

Age Range: 7 – 9  years

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Fantastic Mr Fox – the legendary tale of the most cunning fox in the world.

Boggis is an enormously fat chicken farmer who only eats boiled chickens smothered in fat.

Bunce is a duck-and-goose farmer whose dinner gives him a beastly temper.

Bean is a turkey-and-apple farmer who only drinks gallons of strong cider.

Mr Fox is so clever that every evening he creeps down into the valley and helps himself to food from the farms.
Now the farmers have hatched a plan to BANG-BANG-BANG shoot Mr Fox dead. But, just when they think Mr Fox can’t possibly escape, he makes a fantastic plan of his own . . .

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