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Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes Paperback – February 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0140375336 ISBN-10: 0140375333

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140375333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140375336
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The stories of Cinderella, Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood have been retold in verses featuring mayhem, greed, betrayals and murder, from two gifted collaborators.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Each line in this book makes me want to laugh.
Lisa Herbertson
If you have to many sensibilities, dont read it, but also dont deprive your children of a cynical, blacky hunourous book that is designed to tickle their funnybones.
RantinAN
Dahl is able to combine his often-savage wit with a lovely rhyming ability to re-tell these classic fairy tales.
Robert V. L. Johnstone

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By E. Laway on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Some reviewers are "revolted" by the gruesomeness of this little book, whilst others complained it was too short. I have niether of the two compaliants. I loved it! and so did the seven year old little girl, for whom the book was given to as a christmas present. I think Dahl was specially creative in this little book twisting and turning classical children tales into salacious, hilariously funny rhythms that you can read over and over again and still manage a chuckle here and there. And thinking this is too "mature" for younger readers is underestimating the intelligence and imagination of children. Yes, there are some play on words that you have to explain to your little one, but you know what? they'll ask you anyway. As for the size of this book, It's just right. Dahl took the basic popular children stories that everyone knows and i think it's just the right dose and besides, you can take this book anywhere, like the sevenyear and read it to your friends, cousins, neighbors and anyone who she suspects of having a sense of humour. It teaches us about having a boundless imagination and exploring the what ifs of stories. It's another favourite.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kelly G. Hendrix on February 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
My sixth grade math/science students loved these stories and I loved reading them to my students as well. These are fairy tales retold with a twist! The students laughed as hard as I did and after I read one they wanted to hear another. I want more after reading all of the tales! Never could I have expected the tales to be so funny! Reading these aloud to my students enticed them to rewrite the fairy tales themselves when it is almost impossible to get them to write or read! I want more rewritten fairy tales! Excellent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Really revolting rhymes! Roald Dahl takes your normal nursery rhymes, mixes them up a bit, adds a touch of his magic, and voila -- you have a hilarious bunch of rhymes. For example, Goldilocks joins up with and helps the three little pigs, and Cinderella gets a bit gory because the prince gets mad ... and he has an axe!
This is another hilarious classic by Roald Dahl for ages 5 to 103. For those of you who like those stories, a word of caution -- these poems are funny and a bit of an insult to those stories. The book is packed with sidesplitting jokes and poems. It adds laugh-out-loud humor to dull nursery rhymes, making them a lot more fun for kids who have grown out of nursery rhymes. With this once-in-a-lifetime book you will enjoy nearly endless laughter with a friend or by yourself! With a Roald Dahl classic in your hands you can trust it will be a good book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I will never forget the day our substitute teacher in year 4 read Cinderella to us! I have loved this book and Roald Dahl ever since. His masterful creativity is evident in every line of each of these stories and each induces tears of laughter. A wonderful addition to any personal library, young or old.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert V. L. Johnstone on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled onto this little Dahl gem while my wife was researching the book's illustrator, the wonderful Quentin Blake. Having read every Dahl book from The Twits and Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Danny, Champion of the World, I was surprised to have not run across it earlier. And what a pleasant surprise! Dahl is able to combine his often-savage wit with a lovely rhyming ability to re-tell these classic fairy tales. Other authors have tried to turn fairy tales on their head - e.g., The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - but few have been able to add the truly unique twists and clever language of Roald Dahl. His rhymes are often in the style of classic kids book writer Shel Silverstein with a similar penchant for bodily functions and nasty behavior, and his merciless portrayals are somewhat reminiscent of Edward Gorey, whose alphabet book is a grisly description of 26 innocent children meeting untimely ends. So, is it appropriate for children? I have read it to both my 4-year-old and 7-year-old and they think it's wonderful, even though they perhaps enjoy the light-heartedness of Winnie The Pooh more. Be cautious of what other reviewers tell you about the language in the book...a word like 'slut' in the hands of Roald Dahl is perhaps not what you think. Remember, he was essentially an old-world English fuddy-duddy, to whom the word 'slut' would bear the original meaning of 'dirty and unkept' - as in slovenly. Roald Dahl was not perverted or disgusting, merely revolting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryder on November 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
My dad used to read Roald Dahl books with me when I was a little tyke, and this particular little devil DEFINITELY lives up to its title, so if you're one of those parents who wraps their kid in cottonwool you'll want to pass it up. That being said, I am excessively fond of this book as it gives several traditional fairy tales a deliciously nasty twist that are unforgettable. Language use is about PG-13. If you and your kid are sensible/mature enough to have a sense of humor, you'll enjoy it immensely. My dad has since passed away but one of my many fond memories is that we both got a kick out of this clever little book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on February 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a very funny retelling of six popular fairy tales (including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Three Little Pigs), each of which seriously deviates from the tradition plotline in service to Dahl's wicked sense of humor. There have been many fairy tale parodies in recent years, but this book stands out both because of the irreverence and the fact that each tale is told in rhyme.

Only someone with Dahl's clout could publish a scene in which a little girl whips out a gun and kills her enemy, and only those who love Dahl will appreciate the dark humor that is his trademark.

I found that the six stories were fun and entertaining, and I think that they would be better read aloud to children than read silently.

Over the last fifty years, there has been a trend of removing anything objectionable from fairy tales, and I would remind critics that these stories are more in keeping with the rough and tumble spirit of the original tales by the Grimm brothers and others, than the Disneyfied versions that we find elsewhere.

Judged against other books by Dahl, I have to say that this is not his best children's work, since he is working off of familiar elements that are not entirely of his own creation. Also, the short lengths of the stories, and the imposition of the rhyme scheme might have prevented him from really exercising his imagination to the fullest extent.

But in my book, Dahl on his worst day is better than most other children's authors on their best day, and any child who likes his more traditional books will enjoy the giggles that these offbeat tales can provide.
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