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Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

Dirty Beasts (original 1984; edition 2002)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Title:Dirty Beasts
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2002), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 32 pages
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Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl (Author) (1984)


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I liked the book Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl for three reasons. First, I liked the writing style of the book. The book was compiled of various poems all about animals. For example, “No animal is half as vile / As Crocky-Wock, the crocodile. / On Saturdays he likes to crunch / Six juicy children for his lunch.” The style of writing was well paced as it was written as a rhyme. The words flowed together smoothly while reading almost like listening to a song. There were no jumps or uneven patterns in the poem allowing for an overall smooth read. Second, I liked the language of the book. The language was descriptive and followed a clear pattern. For example, “Just three of each, three girls, three boys. / He smears the boys (to make them hot) / With mustard from the mustard pot.” The language used followed a pattern where the last word of each sentence rhymed with its previous sentence such as ‘hot’ and ‘pot’. The word choice was also descriptive such as “he smears the boys with mustard from the mustard pot.” This gives the readers a clear visual of what the text is saying as if they were there. Lastly, I liked the illustrations of the book. The illustrations enhanced the story and fit the written text as each poem had its own unique illustrations. For example, the silly poem called “The Crocodile” was about a hungry croc who likes to eat young boys and girls with pots of mustard. The illustration following this poem was of a crocodile with a young boy and girl surrounded by pots of mustard. The illustration was colorful, vibrant, and hand-drawn. It added an overall aesthetic appeal and an extra silly component to the poem. The big idea of this book was to be imaginative and creative, no matter how silly the idea. ( )
  sgoshe2 | Apr 15, 2016 |
Classic Dahl kind of dark humor where animals turn classic tales on their heads by outsmarting their not-so-smart human counterparts. Maybe not great for young kids. ( )
  GReader28 | Feb 21, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. I liked Dahl’s use of rhyming throughout nearly all of his poems. His use of rhyming creates a sense of rhythm and flow to each story. In many of the poems it helps to create a sense of predictability. For example, “No animal is half as vile as Crocky-Wock, the crocodile.” I also liked how the illustrations enhanced each poem. The illustrations were drawn in a unique which helped to set the mood for each poem. The main idea of all of these poems revolves around mischievous animals. Although the poems are not directly connected, they all relate to this main idea. ( )
  KerryMcLaughlin | Dec 2, 2015 |
Dirty Beasts is a poem about a series of vile animals in Roald Dahls book Revolting Rhymes. I love Dahl's witty rhyming and play on words. Classroom extension ideas would be to have the students write a poem.
  Sayge | Nov 18, 2015 |
This is a collection of twisted, yet still child appropriate, poems about animals. There is a flying cow, the grammar confused Ant-eater, the child eating crocodile, scorpion, and lion, as well as one of Dahl's most inventive characters, the Tummy Beast, among others. The Tummy Beast poem in particular is a great share for kids and really gets kids imagination going. ( )
  SMLawrence | Sep 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142302279, Paperback)

Roald Dahl's inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake's celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable.

"Will elicit a loud 'Yuck.' In other words, children will love them." (Children's Book Review Service)

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A collection of humorous poems about amazing or nasty creatures, including a flying cow, a pig who turns the tables on a farmer, and crocodiles, lions, and anteaters who delight in devouring people.

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