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Revolting Rhymes [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 Sep 2008

Roald Dahl's irreverent and hilarious collection, Revolting Rhymes.

Six of the best-loved nursery tales, retold with surprising and sometimes disgusting twists! Wicked beasts, brazen crooks and a ghastly giant star in these hilarious nursery rhymes with BITE.

'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams

Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl!

Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork.

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers after his death in 1990, and total sales are now over 100 million worldwide!

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators. It's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.

Look out for the whole collection of wondercrump Roald Dahl books!

The Enormous Crocodile; Fantastic Mr Fox; The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me; The Magic finger; The Twits; The BFP; Boy: Tales of Childhood; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka; Danny the Champion of the World; George's Marvellous Medicine; Going Solo; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda; The Witches; Dirty Beasts; The Minpins; Revolting Rhymes

For Teens:

The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories; Rhyme Stew; Skin and Other Stories; The Vicar of Nibbleswicke; The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141501758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141501758
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Verses featuring mayhem, greed, betrayals and murder, from two gifted collaborators. ("Publishers Weekly") A sophisticated spoof. ("The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books") --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From master storyteller Roald Dahl come these side-splitting rhymes, in a beautiful black-and-white hardback edition illustrated by Quentin Blake. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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Imbued with typical Dahl wit these rhymes skip and slither along at a sweetly irreverent and highly infectious pace.
This book takes some of our best known fairy stories, from Cinderella to Red Riding Hood and gives them a twist, a mischievous and thoroughly enjoyable twist.... read these ryhmes and you will never think of Red Riding Hood in quite the same way.
Although the topic of these rhymes are essentially children's stories, don't deprive yourself of a good, healthy dose of Dahl's deliciously revolting prose.
Read them aloud to children and you'll find yourself led by the rhyme and building the tension, hamming it up as Red Riding Hood, "one eyelid flickers, she whips the pistol from her knickers...", as Dahl manages to covey the naughty in a thoroughly refreshingly, innocent way.
An enjoyably revolting and delightfully digestible book. You won't be dissapointed, Dahl is an intelligent and inspired master of mischief. You might even be tempted to write a review of your own....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! 17 Feb 2008
Everyone knows the original stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf and The Three Little Pigs, written by Charles Perrault (Cinderella), Brothers Grimm (all the rest); but Roald Dahl has changed the stories and put in some gruesome humour - these rewrites are not suitable for grumpy old grown ups so be aware! My favourite story out of all of Dahl's altered fairy tales is definitely Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf & the three little pigs because they are linked together with Little Red Riding Hood who gives the wolf and the pigs' horrible endings! I would rate this book 9/ 10 because it could have had another one or two other famous tales included like The Princess and the Pea but apart from that it was really good. I would recommend it to kids only and parents should not even have a peep because they cannot enjoy such humorous things like us.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you as revolting as revolting rhymes? 18 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Revolting Rhymes is a great way to lift your imagination,and it has to be the funnyist book I've read so far!The book has fairy tales that are retold so that they rhyme and sound funny.Btw...READ IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, Amusing, Amusing! 6 Aug 2007
This is an excellent poetry book by one of the best children's writers of all time.
Never aging or boring Road Dahl brings a new light to those fairytales we all know and love.

By far the best is Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf . . .
'The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creatures's head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.'

Admittedly not for really young readers because there is the killing of the wolf and 'sl*t' is mentioned in cinderella, but I read this book at primary school when I was 8 or 9 and I was so fond bought my own copy as an adult and still love it just as much today.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The children loved it 24 Feb 2006
I teach a Year 5 class and we ahve recently been doing a someone staid narrative poetry topic in Literacy. To brighten it up I hae been reading thre Revolting Rhymes to them, and they have absolutely loved them! It is an ideal way of getting kids enthusiastic about poetry, not always an easy task. The are modern and in simple everyday language, hilariously funny and make poetry accessible for every child. My class gasped with delight, giggled, cringed, and raved. They have been talking about Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes non stop to anyone who will listen ever since - what better recommendation can you get?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolting Rhyme's-Roald Dahl 15 Mar 2005
Amazing recreation of your favourite classic fairytales.
Great reading for any age.
I found this book a helpful tool in encouraging my younger sister to practice as well as enjoy reading. The way which Dahl presents the fairy tales which we all know and love is innovative, commical and imaginative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 2 Jan 2010
By Les
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Fantastic rhymes, great fun. our five year old took great pleasure in some of the more irreverant lines - who'd have thought of keeping a gun in your knickers! Would highly recommend it (the book not keeping a gun in your knickers!)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and fun 12 Feb 2006
Roald Dahl is so witty and imaginative, this has to be a book for any kids collection. Noticed one reviwer pathetically said it was for teenagers and not for her young children..why? Their is no swearing, no gore, no violence, just plain, simple fun that is a bit different to his normal books. Admittedly, its a turn from the normal nursery rhymes, but thats the whole point. Quentin Blake does another great job with the pictures, and theirs enough stories to last you along time with memories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for old and new readers alike!
Growing up in North London meant nothing without Roald Dahl, including rushing home for the revolting rhymes shown on TV after school! Read more
Published 19 days ago by E. Sommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I had to buy this for my baby grandson as an alternative to the 'nice' fairy stories. Dahl manages to keep both child and adult enthralled with his wonderful rhyme and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr. James P. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Great for reading to my 5 year old. Traditional nursery rhymes with a twist that had him in fits of giggles.
Published 22 days ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars always a classic
Although the text is a bit risky in places this remains a superb, witty and original book that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pink Hair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids
I bought this for my nephew's birthday. It arrived on time, well packaged, and I'm sure he'll enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid!
Published 1 month ago by Melinda Tonkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Could anything be more revolting.
My first encounter with this book, was over thirty years ago. My Architectural History Professor read it aloud at his Birthday Party. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I remember these from my own childhood. Roald Dahl twists on classic tales. Probably better for slightly older children. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mum of toddler
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Bought this as a present, a great read and keeper for any child just one of many Dahl books that my Nephew has.
Published 3 months ago by sharon elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dahl masterpiece
Always entertaining - bought for my grandson aged 7 who loves all Roald Dahl books; he found it very entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Poppy Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
funny, entertaining but had to change the odd word like 'slag' when reading it to my almost 7 yr old! came as described
Published 3 months ago by Neets
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