Dirty Beasts

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  • First editions:
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
    • Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1983, Great Britain.
      • Illustrated by: Rosemary Fawcett
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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.


  • “Picture books to treasure” by Laurie Copping from the March 16, 1985 issue of The Canberra Times – Canberra, Australia (read online)

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Bulgarian Covers – Страшни зверове

Dutch Covers – Rotbeesten

Norwegian Covers – Fæle Dyr

Welsh Covers – Penillion Ach-A-Fi