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Dirty Beasts (Picture Puffins) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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29 Nov 2001 Picture Puffins
Roald Dahl has created a ghastly assortment of wicked beasts getting up to some extraordinary and unmentionable things in this comic collection of verse. Meet the clever pig with a plan to save his bacon, the scorpion who likes to sting, the ginat toad who can jump from England into France, and lots more. . . (P.S. Beware of ALL the animals in this book!)

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140568239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140568233
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 20.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,535 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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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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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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 An all rounder for children and adults alike. 5 Oct 2000
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not in very good 11 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Condition stated as very good, but cover very worn and discoloured. I feel you need to review how you rate the condition of your books. Knew this would be a used book but " very good" doesn't match the condition of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read for old and new readers alike! 4 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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!
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sandybags
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
Bought this for my 4 year old & 2 year old after reading a copy at their grandma's & they absolutely love it! They both find it hilarious, & we really enjoy reading the stories. Read more
Published 11 months ago by KatieR
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book
A gem of a book, I have always loved Roald Dahl!I read this to my four year old and he loves it too!
Published 11 months ago by helen vivia
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely collection of short stories/poems
We love Roald Dahl. His slightly twisted view is brilliant.
This is a great collection of short stories, which really make my boys chuckle.
Published 11 months ago by Laura Sowter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Stories
I bought this for my little boy as I used to love them when I was little! He is learning to read, so we read them together and he giggles away, thet's the beauty of these stories,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Louise T
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This was always a favourite of my son's and I remember the words of The Crocodile to this day! The rhymes are brilliantly written and funny. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elaine Patten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Great book for kids of all ages really good for kids learning to read my kids memorised most of the tales
Published 17 months ago by rach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliably pleasurable reading for adults and children
Surely anyone who does not love Dahl's stories and verse, and Blake's Illustrations, is simply someone who has not read or seen any of their works?
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