Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes moves from page to screen

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This Easter weekend, ABC ME will introduce your little ones to the darker side of Roald Dahl when  ‘Revolting Rhymes’ is screened on Easter eve at 6pm.

The Revolting Rhymes Book is a collection of Roald Dahl poems published in 1982 and was illustrated by popular illustrator Quentin Blake. Six traditional fairy tales have been reinterpreted by Dahl with surprise endings featuring instead of the traditional happily-ever-after endings. Some even with a more gruesome twist!

That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. “Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, “Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.”

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In 2016, the book was adapted into a two-part CGI special for BBC One and retells and intertwines five of the six poems from the book with Dominic West as the narrator. Revolting Rhymes is not only being shown on ABC ME on Easter Eve but is also being released on DVD and digital on the 19th April priced at RRP$29.95.

We are giving three lucky readers the chance to win their very own copy of Revolting Rhymes. To be in the running, simply post a comment below detailing what Roald Dahl revolting rhyme is your favourite and why?

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Terms and Conditions

Entrant must reside in Australia
Entrant must be 18 years or older
Entrant can only enter once
Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
Three winners will win one Revolting Rhymes DVD valued at $29.95
Competition closes Wed 19th April at 5pm.



15 Responses to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes moves from page to screen

  1. I love them all, but you picked my favourite part in your post! When I was a kid, someone (another kid) performed this from memory at a camp, and I will always remember the feeling or suspense in the room and the lines: “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.” I read the book to my kids, and have been known to read parts at storytime at the library.

      Joanne Cashin
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  2. We love Roald Dahl! My three kids are fascinated by his stories and revolting rhym a is definitely up there with the favourites. I think it’s the language and the amazing ability to unlock children and adults’ imagination alike. I am thankful that I can enjoy this together with my children as quality time that creates memories.

      Emanuela
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  3. My kids and I are huge fans of the books. We would love to see the transformation from paper to screen!

      Sophia Calligeros
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  4. Is it Little Red Riding Hood where she ‘whips a pistol from her knickers’. Love that line!

      Naomi O'Connell
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  5. My 8 year old loves The three little pigs. I think because when he read it, it caught him by suprise. I loved listening to him laugh and enjoy reading.

      Tracey Dempsey
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  6. The Three Little Pigs’ is my favourite Roald Dahl revolting rhyme.. bacon, pork and ham.. what a lucky wolf I am! So funny!

      Samantha Wright
      Posted April 15, 2017 Link to this comment
  7. I love in Cinderella when the ugly step sisters get their heads chopped off. You have to love the wicked twists he put on these classic tales.

      Bec Nelson
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  8. I love Little Red Riding Hood – “One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers” Hilarious!!!

      Fiona Dixon
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  9. I was a teacher librarian when this was first published back in 1982. I took great enjoyment when reading some of the stories to my classes as they has never heard anything but the traditional versions. I would have to say that my favourite is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I look forward to introducing my grand daughters to this book.

      Robyn Battis
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  10. My favorite Roald Dahl rhymes are the ones most inappropriate
    Like slut shaming Cinderella and cutting through her throat
    I’m glad the P.C. crowd have not had their way with him
    When I hear the cuss and craziness I always wear a grin!

      JodieMcA
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  11. Little Red Riding Hood, my son loves the naughtiness of it, and we love that it has a not so typical nursery rhyme ending.

      Naomi Pietzsch
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  12. Little Red Riding Hood, my son loves the naughtiness of it. Not you typical nursery rhyme ending.

      Naomi Pietzsch
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  13. I always loved the logical retake of the naughty goldilocks who behaved so poorly and should have been eaten by the 3 bears!

      Taryn
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  14. I am a teacher and my class and I read Ronald Dahl’s books frequently. We are currently reading The Witches. We love the Revolting Rhymes book. Our favourite rhyme is Little Red Riding Hood. Great book, great author.

      Claire Haberfield
      Posted April 16, 2017 Link to this comment
  15. This was my hubby’s favourite writer whew he was young and always trying to see how he can get the kids into it….love the cinderella story with the moral don’t just marry the first “prince” that comes along!

      Kylie bellemore
      Posted April 17, 2017 Link to this comment

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