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If you haven't bought this or haven't read this, you must, it's a classic! 6 classic fairy stories made even more gruesome and whole lot funnier. If you love Roald Dahl, you will love these stories. Each story is short and rhyming with wonderful Quentin Blake illustrations.
The stories are: Cinderella Jack and the Beanstalk Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Goldilocks and the Three Bears Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf The Three Little Pigs
Each story is hilarious, with humour that appeals to my 6 and 4 year olds, as well as their (*ahem*) 37 year old mother!
I cannot do justice here, to the clever writing and rhyming, but just one example I love is rhyming "palace" with "jealous" by spelling it 'jalous'. It always makes me laugh.
Every line is a treat and there are a number of lines that will stay with you forever, such as: "The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers."
Although I adore this book, one word of warning: if you have a young child, who is sensitive, you might want to wait a while. My 4 year old daughter was a bit scared at first, so I left it. But now she is 6 she enjoys it. And my 4 year old son was fine straight away. There is violence (but then there is in all fairy stories).
The BBC have also made a great animated version of this, where they have cleverly weaved the stories together. A must watch too.
In summary: A classic, you must buy. (The kindle version is great too)
My 8 year old daughter did a school show of the Cinderella rhyme in this book and raved about it the whole time. That it was ''soooooooooooo funny'' and we had to get the book so she could read the other Dahl original takes on fairytales. I grew up not even knowing he had tackled fairytales and given them the Dahl treatment. A mis-spent youth perhaps! My daughter whizzed through the book, it isn't long and it didn't disappoint. Old fashioned 'horridness' for todays young. If you or yours, like mine, enjoy books with humour, silliness and that are more than a bit naughty then it could be for you.