World Poetry Day 2015

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Roald Dahl HQ
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10:00am, 21st March
Charlie, James, Revolting Rhymes
Little Red Riding Hoot shoots a pistol in Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

World Poetry Day 2015 takes place on 21 March. To celebrate, here are a few of our favourite Roald Dahl rhymes

Happy World Poetry Day!

To celebrate this most poetic of occasions, we've been looking at some of our favourite Roald Dahl rhymes. Some of them you may know, but we think a few others might surprise you...

Roald Dahl wrote several collections of comic verse including Revolting RhymesDirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew, plus wonderful verses in children's stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

Many of these were brought together in the Songs and Verse collection - so here are just a few of our favourites...

Little Red Riding Hood, from Revolting Rhymes

"The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers."

The Three Little Pigs, from Revolting Rhymes

"Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
Young ladies from the upper crust."

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

"All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that’s where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me."

George Kranky, from George's Marvellous Medicine

"So give me a bug and a jumping flea,
Give me two snails and lizards three
And a slimy squiggler from the sea
And the poisonous sting of a bumble bee..."

The Centipede, from  James and the Giant Peach

"I've eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes in my time,
Like jellied gnats and dandyprats and earwigs cooked in slime,
And mice with rice - they're really nice
When roasted in their prime.
(But don't forget to sprinkle them with just a pinch of grime.)"

The Oompa-Loompas, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall…” 

The Crocodile, from Dirty Beasts

"No animal is half so vile
As Crocky-Wock the crocodile.
On Saturdays he likes to crunch
Six juicy children for his lunch."

A Little Nut-Tree, from Rhyme Stew

"I had a little nut-tree,
Nothing would it bear.
I searched in all its branches,
But not a nut was there.

'Oh, little tree,' I begged,
'Give me just a few.'
The little tree looked down at me
And whispered, 'nuts to you.'"