"Rhyme Stew" by Roald Dahl is an irresistible collection for older children and adults alike. 'Mary, Mary quite contrary How does your garden grow? "I live with my brat in a high-rise flat so how in the world would I know"'. "Rhyme Stew" bubbles over with Roald Dahl's inimitable humour and invention. 'Hey diddle diddle We're all on the fiddle And ...Read More"Rhyme Stew" by Roald Dahl is an irresistible collection for older children and adults alike. 'Mary, Mary quite contrary How does your garden grow? "I live with my brat in a high-rise flat so how in the world would I know"'. "Rhyme Stew" bubbles over with Roald Dahl's inimitable humour and invention. 'Hey diddle diddle We're all on the fiddle And never get up until noon. We only take cash Which we carefully stash. And we work by the light of the moon.' Wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake. "Wickedly funny". ("Spectator"). Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990. Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-02-09 Here are 15 less-than-clever rhyming parodies of classic children's stories and poems, including The Tortoise and the Hare , The Emp e r o r's New Clothes , Dick Whittington's Cat , Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves , Hansel and Gretel , etc. Most of Dahl's attempts at playful lasciviousness seem juvenile: ``As I was going to St. Ives / I met a man with seven wives / Said he, `I think it's much more fun / Than getting stuck with only one.' '' Several jokes fall flat on their British colloquialism: ``Hey diddle diddle / We're all on the fiddle,'' while others die of old age: ``knickers'' rhymed with ``vicar's.'' Blake, who also illustrated Dahl's Matilda , supplies messily frenzied line drawings that are far more amusing than the sophomoric verses they accompany. (Apr.)
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