The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake - First edition children's books, kids book - Dyslexia, Learning Disability,


First edition of The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, a charming story about imperfection and acceptance written for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute of London.

Written by Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. First American edition, 1992. Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books.

Author Janelle Brown, writing for the Los Angeles Review of Books, captures what I also enjoy about Roald Dahl: "...Dahl tapped into my own secret desires, even if I couldn’t express them myself."

"Once upon a time there lived in England a charming and God-fearing vicar called The Reverend Lee. When as a young man he first came to take up his duties in the small village of Nibbleswicke, there was for a while utter confusion and often genuine consternation among his devout parishioners.

What happened was this. As a boy, Robert Lee had suffered from severe dyslexia. ..."

In this charming and funny story, the Reverend Robert Lee's triumph over childhood dyslexia, with the help and encouragement of the Dyslexia Society of London and his teachers, enables him to achieve his goal of becoming a minister. But during his first night at his first post, the Vicarage of Nibbleswicke, a severe bout of nerves triggers a comical case of dyslexia in reverse. (Dahl and Blake donated their proceeds from the book to the Dyslexia Society for the life of the copyright.)

"Oh dear, thought poor Robert Lee as he lay in bed that night trying to sleep. Will I really be able to cope with this job? Weddings, funerals, christenings, Sunday Schools, the organist, the verger, the church committee, the choir, the bell-ringers and above all the dreaded sermons ... His mind whirled. He began to sweat. And it is clear that sometime during that horrible night something must have gone click in his brain..."

The next morning, the Reverend Lee faces a whole new, and comical, challenge: he begins speaking one word out of every sentence backwards. As when he pays a visit to the parish's wealthiest patron.

"My dear Miss Twerp!" cried the Reverend Lee. "I am your new rootsap! My name is Eel, Robert Eel."

This does not go over well with Mrs. Prewt, and parishioners are increasingly alarmed. But he is otherwise so kind and endearing they are willing to forgive him this one "eccentricity". But the local doctor diagnoses the problem - Back-to-Front Dyslexia - and provides a cure: walk backwards while talking. It works! The Reverend Lee fashions a rear view mirror to be worn on his head to avoid walking into things, and masters walking backwards. His congregation adapts and eventually accepts it as a "nice, crazy touch to what was normally a dreary proceeding".

Roald Dahl (1919 - 1990) was appreciated, or rejected, or banned outright, for writing enormously creative children's stories in which the children prevail over great challenges and/or despicable adults, and the goodness of children triumphs over evil.

Roald Dahl also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Witches, The Twits, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more.

The Charmed Bookshop has a first edition of James and The Giant Peach.

Quentin Blake (1932 - ) was Britain's first Children's Laureate and is best known as the illustrator of fifteen Roald Dahl books.

The Charmed Bookshop has a first UK edition of Quentin Blake's The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.
Visit for more first edition children's books.

Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. The dust jacket shows minor scuffing from shelfwear.

*Based on guidelines of the Independent Online Booksellers' Association.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 2 - 7 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Privacy policy

"We respect your privacy..." What does it mean to you as a valued customer of The Charmed Bookshop?

* I will not share your personal information acquired in the process of communicating with you or fulfilling your order with third parties.
* I do not maintain a separate customer list outside of Etsy for marketing or other purposes.
* I will contact you only through Etsy and only to answer your questions or communicate information about your order unless you provide explicit permission to contact you via personal email or phone number.


Information I collect about you, what I do with it, and how long I keep it:

1. Etsy hosts our shop and an Etsy-powered Pattern Website - - and facilitates purchases, payments, and shipping. When you order an item from The Charmed Bookshop, Etsy collects your full name, physical/billing address, phone number/s, email address, and payment information. In turn, I acquire your full name, mailing address, and email address in order to fulfill your order. I print a hard copy of your order receipt and a mailing label but I do not use this information for any other purpose or share it with third parties.

2. Etsy retains your payment information, such as PayPal, credit card, or other payment method. I do not have access to this information nor will I ask for it.

3. Etsy collects visitor data which it shares with its sellers. I supplement this information with additional data collected by Google Analytics. This information helps me identify potential problems, manage backend processes, and develop content. However, the data that I view is anonymous and does not contain personal information.

Please review your browser's privacy settings for additional privacy support. Your browser is the program you use to surf the Web, e.g. Chrome, Safari, Edge/Internet Explorer, Firefox.

4. I will keep customer information as required by U.S. federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.


Please contact Etsy to file a Subject Access Request (SAR) and receive a copy of your personal information or to correct information they may have about you.

To protect the privacy and identities of customers of The Charmed Bookshop, I will forward all Subject Access Requests that I receive to Etsy absent any ability to confirm the requester's identity or the legitimacy of the request.

*GDPR compliance is a courtesy to EU customers and should not be construed to supersede the laws of the government of the United States or local and state jurisdictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

I wrap every book with care and ship it in a padded mailing envelope or USPS box. If you're purchasing a gift, please advise of this when ordering and include a gift message.

Care instructions

1. I lightly clean books, as needed, but I don't attempt repairs or restoration. If you'd like a book restored, you'll find trustworthy, qualified experts in your area through libraries or museums.

I also recommend the following care instructions.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works -

2. Photos are cropped and resized to Etsy guidelines but are otherwise unedited. Please contact me if you'd like additional photos of book details.

3. Descriptions of condition are based on guidelines from the Independent Online Booksellers' Association.

Order processing time

I'll process and ship your purchase in 1 - 3 business days, and I'll ship anywhere in the world via any mail or delivery service that Etsy offers. (Please refer to the Shipping section for average shipping turn-around times by region.) If I encounter any delays in processing your order, I will advise you in advance.

Legal imprint