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Revolting Rhymes (Picture Puffins) Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Nov 2001
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A collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales. Meet Cinderella, a young woman who wants to marry a nice ordinary man; and Goldilocks, that house-breaker who gobbles up your porridge and then breaks up the Chippendale.
About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.
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6 classic fairy stories made even more gruesome and whole lot funnier. If you love Roald Dahl, you will love these stories. Each story is short and rhyming with wonderful Quentin Blake illustrations.
The stories are:
Jack and the Beanstalk
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
The Three Little Pigs
Each story is hilarious, with humour that appeals to my 6 and 4 year olds, as well as their (*ahem*) 37 year old mother!
I cannot do justice here, to the clever writing and rhyming, but just one example I love is rhyming "palace" with "jealous" by spelling it 'jalous'. It always makes me laugh.
Every line is a treat and there are a number of lines that will stay with you forever, such as:
"The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers."
Although I adore this book, one word of warning: if you have a young child, who is sensitive, you might want to wait a while. My 4 year old daughter was a bit scared at first, so I left it. But now she is 6 she enjoys it. And my 4 year old son was fine straight away. There is violence (but then there is in all fairy stories).
The BBC have also made a great animated version of this, where they have cleverly weaved the stories together. A must watch too.
In summary: A classic, you must buy.
(The kindle version is great too)