Rated Reads

Tales of the Unexpected

by Roald Dahl

Rated: Mild

If you are a fan of Roald Dahl’s famous children’s books, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches, you must sample some of his writing for adults. No one can twist the regular into the irreverent and fascinating like Dahl, a true master of the short narrative.

Each of the short stories in this collection is delightfully bizarre and even a bit terrifying, which is what makes them so memorable. From a wife with diverse culinary talents to a broken-down old man with a priceless tattoo to rich men with unusual gambling habits, every page had me reeling.

If you are looking for something different to read, put this one on your list.

Rated: Mild for some foul language, violence and disturbing themes, like an old man willing to sell his own skin that is tattooed by a famous artist.

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

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  • Tales of the Unexpected
  • by Roald Dahl
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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