Thursday, December 14, 2017

Going Solo by Roald Dahl

Going Solo by Roald Dahl was published in 1986, and is the sequel to Boy. It is also Dahl's autobiography of the time he served as a fighter pilot during WWII.

I learned that Dahl flew planes in Africa. He crashed his plane and was injured. He was 6' 6" tall and struggled to fit in the cockpit, and now I think I need to go buy the book Boy and read it because Dahl had quite the life.

In this book, he shares stories about his first job in East Africa, the boat ride there, and being threatened by black mamba snakes and lions. He tells about flight training and how surprisingly fast new pilots were sent up in planes they were not familiar with.

This would be a great first autobiography for a child to read. It is interesting, funny, and introduces the reader to many interesting parts of history. Pictures, letters, and telegrams are included, which make this all the more interesting. I listened to the audio version, and it is well narrated by Dan Stevens.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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