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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085755056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857550569
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,366 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 the 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.

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Bagshaw on 6 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
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 By SJWB on 2 July 2009
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Bought this book after I watched the BBC2 kids poetry competition with my 9 year old daughter, we loved the Red Riding Hood poem with it's great line 'she whipped a pistol from her knickers'. Great poems for any child with some classic lines which hook kids and leave them wanting more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Les on 2 Jan. 2010
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Chavannes on 24 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LJ Abraham on 15 Mar. 2005
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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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