Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Revolting Rhymes” as Want to Read:
Revolting Rhymes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Revolting Rhymes

by
4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  12,932 Ratings  ·  525 Reviews
Do you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, and that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Premier storyteller Roald Dahl twists the fate of six favorite fairy tales, in this picture book edition with vibrant new cover art by Quentin Blake. Fairy tales have never been more revolting!
Illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by Puffin (first published 1982)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Revolting Rhymes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Revolting Rhymes

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineThe Goose Girl by Shannon HaleBeauty by Robin McKinleyThe Princess Bride by William GoldmanFairest by Gail Carson Levine
The Best Fairytales and Retellings
176th out of 1,944 books — 7,785 voters
Matilda by Roald DahlCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlThe BFG by Roald DahlThe Witches by Roald DahlJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
15th out of 33 books — 149 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Elise
Jun 22, 2012 Elise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humour.
I'm not going to review this, I'm simply going to point out to many of the previous reviewers that the word "slut" is defined as "a dirty, untidy, or slovenly woman". It is only in the past 20 years, or so, that the word has commonly become associated with sexual morality (or the lack thereof). Especially given Roald Dahl's age when he wrote this in the 1980s, I'm pretty certain that he did not mean it to have any sexual connotation, especially since cinderella is, by definition, someone who loo ...more
Manny
The best poems in this collection are true masterpieces of satire. Here's the start of Cinderella:

"I guess you think you know this story.
You don't. The real one's much more gory.
The phoney one, the one you know,
Was cooked up years and years ago,
And made to sound all soft and sappy
just to keep the children happy.
Mind you, they got the first bit right,
The bit where, in the dead of night,
The Ugly Sisters, jewels and all,
Departed for the Palace Ball,
While darling little Cinderella
Was locked up in a
...more
Anthony Vacca
Aug 22, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it liked it
Not nearly as revolting as I would have liked, but still nice rhyming takedowns of some popular fairy tales. The best bit is the femme fatale take on Little Red Riding Hood. Never mess with a girl who knows how to handle herself around wolves.
Dion Yulianto
Sep 15, 2013 Dion Yulianto rated it really liked it
Kembali lagi kita dihibur
Lima kisah pengantar tidur
Bukan kisah ceria di hari libur
Tapi banyolan gila dengan lirik melantur

Cinderela sang putri rupawan
Hatinya cantik sungguh dermawan
Sayang, saudarinya tidaklah demikian
Culas, iri hati dan keji adalah kebiasaan

Cinderela memohon ke Bundadari
Keajaiban agar ia bisa turut menari
Di istana megah bestari, ia menjumpai mimpi
Berdansa bersama pangeran sang pujaan hati

Jam berdentang dua belas kali
Keajaiban Cinderela mencapai akhir
Bergegas ia segera berlari
Men
...more
Sara
Dec 04, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids, adults, rhymers
Sometimes when I'm hanging out with Patrick, Jeff will come home and hijack him, and they'll start doing something together that I can't or don't want to do. Tonight it was Excite Truck on the Nintendo Wii, so I retreated to my room and finished reading an essay by Susan Orlean about Bankock's Khao San Road in an old Best American Travel Writing, and then I read the entire book Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl. This book was a real treat due entirely to its cleverness.

So, then, a little later, we
...more
Katherine
2016 Reading Challenge #1: A book based on a fairy tale.

¡Qué librito tan genial! Me ha encantado de principio a fin, toda esa ironía y humor negro que acompaña a cada uno de los cuentos, pasando por las maravillosas ilustraciones de Quentin Blake.
Si bien no todas las rimas son afortunadas, la esencia y el cometido de estos siniestros cuentitos no se pierde del todo con la traducción: divierte tanto a grandes como a chicos.

Me gustó mucho la despiadada Caperucita tan alejada de la versión origina
...more
Hana
Sep 05, 2016 Hana rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I read rhymes.. Decades, perhaps? I absolutely loved this collection and had a blast reading all of them out loud (to my self ^_^") and with impressions too!

This is interestingly enough the end of classic stories as we know them. I think I like Dahl's version, though.
Marquise
This rhymed retelling of six popular fairy tales is delightfully revolting, indeed. Dahl employs his signature mix of the creepy, the gory and the twisty with a good helping of humour to create new plots for each tale, which in some cases changes everything whilst still keeping the fundamental points and in other cases goes along with the traditional versions and only adds an eleventh-hour tweak. The rhyming, to me, felt singable and that made them funnier still.

Of all those included, my favouri
...more
Samantha Sterling
Oct 09, 2013 Samantha Sterling rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of children's fairy tales... but with a twist! This book includes classics such as: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Roald Dahl has cleverly made these classic fairy tales fun, revolting and sometimes rather gruesome. The book is suitable for both children and adults, I loved them as a child and still find them very entertaining now. This book would be b ...more
Malapata
Aug 20, 2016 Malapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infantil-juvenil
Lo mejor, las sonrisas de mi hija cada vez que Dahl suelta alguna de sus astracanadas, subvirtiendo un cuento clásico a base de humor y mala baba.
Katie Daniel
Revolting Rhymes sees Roald Dahl take some of the most notable fairy tales and put his own twist on them. The fact that so many young people know the classic stories is what makes Dahl's re-interpretations of them so funny. He takes well known tales and exaggerates the characters and twists the plots, for example Little Red Riding Hood is not the innocent young girl we see in the original story!
The rhyme is simple throughout and, together with the rhythm one builds up whilst reading, means that
...more
Noha
Aug 04, 2016 Noha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed it so much !

I love how he's retelling our childhood tales with a funny and a little savage plot twist
Hilda
Feb 26, 2010 Hilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
Percaya pada Roald Dahl untuk menghancurkan cerita dongeng.

Satu, Prince Charming dalam Cinderella memotong kepala kedua saudara tiri Cinderella. Siapa yang bisa menyalahkan Cinderella saat dia memutuskan menikah dengan orang biasa, bukan seorang Pangeran-Penebas-Kepala?
Moral: Mungkin saja Prince Charming seorang psikopat yang biasa menebas kepala orang.

Dua, Jack dalam Jack and the Beanstalk selamat dari raksasa karena dia mandi, jadi baunya tidak tercium si raksasa.
Moral: mandi akan menyelamatka
...more
Robin
This is, perhaps, one of my favourite volumes, ever.

With his trademark quirky humour, Dahl brings to readers his versions of the more traditional incarnations of several "fairy tales". These are not the versions made popular by a corporate monolith logo'ed with an 'aw chucks, ain't I cute' rodent. These are quippy, rhythmic and occasionally startling renditions that recall to mind the fact that "fairy tales" were originally intended as harsh preventative morality tales in a time when children an
...more
Ben
Apr 10, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I picked this up for my son at the used bookstore, but I read it before reading it with him and decided that some of the content is not yet appropriate for his age. We are reading some of Grimm's Fairy Tales together, and Dahl's retelling of some of these classic fairy tales are really grimmer than Grimm, containing lots of violence (there is knife or gun violence in pretty much every tale) and language that is not quite fitting for children, as in Dahl's retelling of Cinderella: "The ...more
Maede
Jul 05, 2016 Maede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor, childrens, 1395
خوندنش به شدت لذت بخش بود با اینکه کتاب در حقیقت برای کودکان نوشته شده ولی به نظر میاد بیشتر برای کودکان بزرگه
باز هم طرز فکر خاص و عجیب رولد دال که داستان های معروف رو اونجوری که دلش می خواد تعریف می کنه
مترجم بسیار عالی از پس ترجمه ی این متن بر آمده که حالت شعر داره و بسیار روانه

لابد فکر کرده اید از سرگذشت سیندرلا آگاهید
نه جانم، از این بابت خیلی در اشتباهید
داستان واقعی سیندرلا پر از خون و خون ریزی است
اما قصه ای که برای شما گفته اند مایه آبروریزی است
Jessica Brennan
Apr 10, 2014 Jessica Brennan rated it it was amazing
I think it's really sad that some children won't get to read these stories because of the content. I borrowed this book from my uni library and somebody had tippexed out the word 'slut' and replaced it with the word 'mutt.' I don't know whether to be sad that society is so prudish or that young children are so aware of what words mean these days. The word 'slut' in Cinderella simply means dirty or unkept. The violence in the stories is told in a humorous way so that children don't believe it is ...more
Jesse
Apr 28, 2015 Jesse rated it really liked it
This book had some of the weirdest versions of fairytales I have ever read. Even though it was easy to guess what was going to happen next, the poems were all funny. I was laughing throughout the whole book.
Salam Almahi
May 10, 2015 Salam Almahi rated it it was amazing
And It was the perfect book for me.
Lavinia
Nov 24, 2010 Lavinia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2010, in-en
Too good to be missed. If you read the presentation, you'll notice that Dahl reinterpreted 6 famous tales, in verse, and added his own personal touch. I'm pretty sure they're all free on different sites, or the ebook as a whole. I found Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs in a bit.
Karou!
Apr 09, 2015 Karou! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Son seis cuentos muy conocidos de los que Dahl nos cuenta su propia versión, estos son: La cenicienta, Blanca Nieves, Ricitos de Oro, Los tres cerditos, Capercucita roja y Juan y la habichuela mágica. Igual de cortos como las historias originales pero mucho más divertidos y con un final totalmente diferente. Narrados por supuesto, con el característico humor negro del autor y excelentemente acompañados de las hilarantes ilustraciones de Quentin Blake. Siempre he pensado que estos dos han formado ...more
Harun Harahap
Selalu saja buku yang bercerita tentang parodi dongeng anak-anak itu konyol dan kcoak. Begitu juga dengan bukunya si Opa Dahl ini. Sepanjang buku dibiking ngakak sama ceritanya. Juga dibuat kagum sama rima yang menakjubkan. Bukunya Roald Dahl selalu bisa bikin mood bagus. Yihaaaa
Grace Abwooli
Oct 21, 2012 Grace Abwooli rated it liked it
Roald Dahl is one of the most successful and well-known children's writers. Revolting Rhymes is a collection of poems by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The collection, published in 1982, consists of six well-known and best-loved tales, retold with a startling and surprising twist. The collection includes Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs. All the tales contain a humo ...more
Rebecca Brown
Oct 31, 2013 Rebecca Brown rated it liked it
In this book Roald Dahl re-tells his own version of 6 classic tales - Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs – with lots of exaggeration and unexpected twists. The stories are rhymes full fun!

I found reading through this book hilarious and there are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments where character descriptions have been altered and storylines changed. It was great to read a class
...more
Teagan Cantle
Sep 25, 2013 Teagan Cantle rated it it was ok
Wow,
Don't really know what to say about this book ,I read it because I needed one more book for my reading logs and my mum had this anthology lying around
This book was written by Roald Dahl and it's contains six 'not so slightly' modified versions of my favourite childhood nursery rhymes.
The three modified versions of nursery rhymes that I read we're
-Cinderella, where the prince kills her stepsisters and try's to kill her so she wishes that he is dead and Marries someone else
-jack and the beans
...more
Oona Palmer
Sep 15, 2013 Oona Palmer rated it liked it
I chose to read the first, third, and last stories in this book of tall tales. First is Cinderella but with a twist (more like a reality check) with a demanding Cindy, and gruesome Prince. Second is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. These had gambling dwarfs and a never poisened Snow White. The last story was three little pigs but these pigs have connections and called in back up from red riding hood who slays the wolf. I decided to read this book (or re-read) because it is by Roald Dahl, one of ...more
Frances
May 12, 2015 Frances rated it really liked it

The book is a collection of fairy tales with a twist. It includes fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a little more violent than I am used to and some of the words that would think would be censored, but it was a good read. I particularly liked his version of Snow White. The huntsman bought a bull’s heart to give to the queen and said it was Snow Whites heart. The queen ate the heart. T
...more
Alvina
Sep 23, 2013 Alvina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
Ngakak ngakak bacanya, Dahl pinter banget ngubah dongeng biasa jadi luar biasa.

Isinya enam cerita.

Cerita pertama ada Cinderella yang ngga mau nikah sama pangeran yang kejam.

Lalu ada Jack dan pohon kacang, nah buat yang malas mandi, baca kisah ini deh. siapa tau bisa ikut jadi kaya XD

Putri salju dan tujuh kurcaci cuma perlu cermin ajaib untuk menjadikan hidup mereka sejahtera, dengan cara memenangkan taruhan pacuan kuda

Si Goldilocks yang seenaknya nyicipin bubur, mematahkan kursi, tidur di ranja
...more
Una Donnelly
Jul 29, 2012 Una Donnelly rated it it was amazing
Revolting Rhymes is Roald Dahl’s hilarious and gory take on a few traditional and well known fairy tales. Through poetry Dahl adds his own twist to the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, replacing their happily ever after with funny and surprising endings. The collection of poems is a great read for both adults and children. All ages will enjoy this book. It was something I loved to read as ...more
Flynn Oberdries
Sep 01, 2013 Flynn Oberdries rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book because i had a look though my book shelf and found many poem books but Mum said that "Revolting Rhymes" was funny.

Revolting Rhymes fits into the "THREE poems or short stories from ONE anthology". I chose this category because i thought it would be quite fun and i could do it quickly.

My favorite character was little red riding hood because when she went over to her grandmas and found the wolf there instead she made the wolf really angry because she wasn't scared and
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2015 Reading Chal...: Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl 4 25 Aug 24, 2015 04:25AM  
UEL Primary PGCE ...: Roald Dahl Poetry 1 3 Apr 30, 2015 07:34AM  
  • The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate
  • Fungus the Bogeyman
  • The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
  • The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2)
  • The Saga of Erik the Viking
  • Der Struwwelpeter
  • Scrambled Eggs Super!
  • Mommy Laid An Egg: Or, Where Do Babies Come From?
  • Badjelly The Witch: A Fairy Story
  • The Rotten Romans
  • L'incredibile storia di Lavinia
  • The Gruffalo's Child
  • The Wishing-Chair Again
  • Heard it in the Playground
  • Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
4273
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adv
...more
More about Roald Dahl...

Share This Book



“Oh where, oh where had Snow White gone?
She'd found it easy, being pretty
To hitch a ride into the city.”
47 likes
“Poor Cindy's heart was torn to shreds.
My Prince! She thought. He chops off heads!
How could I marry anyone
Who does that sort of thing for fun?
The Prince cried, "Who's this dirty slut?
Off with her nut! Off with her nut!”
42 likes
More quotes…