Roald Dahl's Collection
Online Journey's Book Review Special


Where getting so near! Roald Dahl's Collection: The Online Journey Book Review Special is about to end this month. But before that! here's another great story from Roald.
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke is a children's story written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The principal character is a dyslexic vicar, and the book was written to benefit the Dyslexia Institute in London (now Dyslexia Action), with Dahl and Blake donating their rights. The Reverend Lee is suffering from a rare and acutely embarrassing condition: Back-to-Front Dyslexia, a fictional type of dyslexia that causes the sufferer to say the most important word (often being the verb) in a sentence backwards, creating comedic situations. For example, instead of saying knits, he will say stink; god would be dog etc. It affects only his speech, and he doesn't realize he's doing it, but the parishioners of Nibbleswicke are shocked and confused by his seemingly outrageous comments. A cure is found (walking backwards everywhere for the rest of his life), and the mild-mannered vicar can resume normal service.


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