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Revolting Rhymes Paperback – Picture Book, September 3, 2009
"Go to School, Little Monster" by Helen Ketteman
Helen Ketteman’s soothing rhymes and Bonnie Leick’s sweet watercolor illustrations combine to create a reassuring first-day-of-school story that’s perfect for little monsters everywhere. | Learn more
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About the Author
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
- Lexile measure : NP
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780142414828
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142414828
- Grade level : 1 - 3
- Dimensions : 8.06 x 0.17 x 10.38 inches
- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2009)
- ASIN : 0142414824
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Reading level : 6 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This purchase was to provide copies for both of my nieces.
There's also an animated DVD that improves on the original by tying some of these stories together. If you get one, get the other as a companion. They don't fully overlap, and the uniqueness of each one is a positive thing.
Top reviews from other countries
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)
I grew up not even knowing he had tackled fairytales and given them the Dahl treatment. A mis-spent youth perhaps!
My daughter whizzed through the book, it isn't long and it didn't disappoint.
Old fashioned 'horridness' for todays young.
If you or yours, like mine, enjoy books with humour, silliness and that are more than a bit naughty then it could be for you.
Excellent value for money