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Dirty Beasts (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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27 Mar 1986 Picture Puffin
Unsuspecting humans get their final comeuppance in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. In between laughs, both adult and child will see in these rhymes the folly of pretenses and the sheer joy of the ridiculous. Full-color illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (27 Mar 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140504354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140504354
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stylish black-and-white hardback of Roald Dahl's classic rhymes, featuring the most ghastly menagerie of dirty beasts you could ever hope not to meet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Do you know what a crocodile crunches for lunch? Or what a pig can do to save his bacon? Listen as Prunella Scales and Timothy West read you Roald Dahl's gorgeously ghastly and deliciously dreadful DIRTY BEASTS.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A favourite bedtime book for my two children 4,6, which I thoroughly enjoy reading. Short tales about people and animals written in rhyming verse, with a "naughty" hint to them which leaves us all smiling. A great fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful and humorous read. 10 Mar 2005
I read this book quite a few years ago as a child, and loved it. Even when I read it now, it still brings a smile to my face.
The poems are about animals, as the title would suggest, but often the more gruesome child-like side. For example, the poem about Daisy the cow, my personal favourite.
The rhyming schemes and lengths of the poems vary, which keeps the book interesting.
I would recommend this book for children and parents alike, as it is funny yet makes poetry seem fun and easy. As a child, I remember wanting to write my own poetry like it. 7 years later, I am doing so for my A Level English Language work. It is book that is difficult to forget, but for all the right reasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all rounder for children and adults alike. 5 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio Cassette
We took this audiobook with us in the car on holiday and we all thoroughly enjoyed the Roald Dahl magical humour. We played it over and over again to the point when we knew the verses by heart! The children loved it so much that I have now bought the book as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read for old and new readers alike! 4 April 2014
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Growing up in North London meant nothing without Roald Dahl, including rushing home for the revolting rhymes shown on TV after school! His revolting rhymes and dirty beasts collections are an absolute pleasure to read - have to be read out loud though for more enjoyment! And Quentin Blake's amazing illustrations just bring this piece to life. An absolute must for old and new readers alike!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift 13 Mar 2014
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I bought this as a gift and I have had no adverse comments from the recipients, so I am assuming it is OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for your little beasties! 17 Dec 2013
By Sazfeme
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I overheard one of the mums reading this to her daughter and loved it. Not dissimilar to Julia Donaldson's books. I'm sure my son's going to enjoy it as it's a nice easy read for a seven year old, very humourous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present 17 Nov 2013
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My Niece suggested this for my Great Nephew as a present, gave this 5 stars just because it is Roald Dahl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 Oct 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book with my children and now I am enjoying reading it with my grand children. Roald Dahl's wicked humour and wonderful way with words is timeless. A treat for all ages.
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