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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (Sept. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780142414828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414828
  • ASIN: 0142414824
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 0.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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By E. Laway on Jan. 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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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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Roald Dahl once said the secret to writing a good kid's book is to conspire with the children against adults, and this book is a perfect example of that.
This is for the child (and adult) who feels the bears in the Goldilocks were victims of a breaking-and-entering little vandal, who really would like to see a more self-empowered red riding hood, and who thinks that third little pig was a smug git who'd probably taste good on rye with a bit of mustard.
The only flaw with the book is its brevity. You can read the whole book aloud in about a half-hour. One is really left wanting more. (Thurber wrote some good fables in a similar vein, but they're less for children and more dated.)
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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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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2000
Format: Paperback
Roald Dahl has done it once again! I don't think anyone on earth, or even the history of parodies could ever top this book! With his unimaginable ways of reversing children's fairy tales into more adult humor, and making a seemingly boring story come to life, he is truly a genius! I have more than 10 of Roald Dahl's Books and all of them are absolutely astonishing! It's just a shame he's not around to write more!
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By A Customer on Dec 17 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the funniest kids book ever written! Roald Dahl twists the standard fairy tales in a most creative fashion. This book is definately not PC so you gun paranoia types will hate it. In one tale, the prince whacks off the heads of Cinderella's ugly sisters so he won't have to marry them since the glass slipper fits! Have fun using this as a read aloud (but only if you have tenure.)
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By Luis M. Luque on June 22 2004
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If your kids like Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss and the Brothers Grim, they will absolutely devour these rhyming stories that twist traditional fairy tales into hilarious parody. My daughter used to enjoy reading them aloud to anyone who would listen. She thought it was a work of genius that everyone should be intimately familiar with. You'll love it too!
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By Lyndsay Ortiz on May 4 2003
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Don't get me wrong, I love this book, but I was very uncomfortable with some of the images and words as I read this to my 6 year son...Especially when we came across the word slut and he wanted to know what that means...Of course, it has multiple meanings according to Webster's but...wouldn't want him using it in a sentence anytime soon. <nervous chuckle>
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