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Revolting Rhymes - Roald Dahl

Revolting Rhymes

By: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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This is Roald Dahl's irreverent and hilarious collection, "Revolting Rhymes". Six of the best-loved nursery tales, retold with surprising and sometimes disgusting twists! Wicked beasts, brazen crooks and a ghastly giant star in these hilarious nursery rhymes with bite. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers after his death in 1990, and total sales are now over 100 million worldwide! Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators. It's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations. Look out for the whole collection of wondercrump Roald Dahl books! "The Enormous Crocodile"; "Fantastic Mr Fox"; "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me"; "The Magic finger"; "The Twits"; "The BFP"; "Boy: Tales of Childhood"; "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"; "The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka"; "Danny the Champion of the World"; "George's Marvellous Medicine"; "Going Solo"; "James and the Giant Peach"; "Matilda"; "The Witches"; "Dirty Beasts"; "The Minpins"; "Revolting Rhymes For Teens: The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories"; "Rhyme Stew"; "Skin and Other Stories"; "The Vicar of Nibbleswicke"; and, "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More".

ISBN: 9780141501758
ISBN-10: 9789707707955
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: September 2008
Dimensions (cm): 26.7 x 20.5  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 26.3

Roald Dahl

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!'

After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!).

With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward. Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo.

Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Forester sent Roald Dahl's work straight to the Saturday Evening Post. Roald Dahl's growing success as an author led him to meet many famous people including Walt Disney, Franklin Roosevelt, and the movie star Patricia Neal. Patricia and Roald were married only one year after they met!

The couple bought a house in Great Missenden called Gipsy House. It was here that Roald Dahl began to tell his five children made-up bedtime stories and from those that he began to consider writing stories for children.

An old wooden shed in the back garden, with a wingbacked armchair, a sleeping bag to keep out the cold, an old suitcase to prop his feet on and always, always six yellow pencils at his hand, was where Roald created the worlds of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many, many more.

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