Revolting Rhymes

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Jonathan Cape, 1982, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (‘First published’ followed by the date with later printings stated underneath) and published without a dust jacket and priced at £3.95
    • Knopf, 1983, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a number line and was published with a dust jacket priced at $9.95.
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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


Did you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Master storyteller Roald Dahl adds his own darkly comic twists to six favorite tales, complete with rambunctious rhymes and hilarious surprise endings.


  • “Nursery Satire” by Ralph Elliott from the August 28, 1982 issue of The Canberra Times – Canberra, Australia (read online)

Fun Stuff

Sotheby’s Dahl Auction 1997



Penguin Readers Covers

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. Simplified story texts are combined with beautiful original illustrations for students aged 7 and above.

Afrikaans Covers – Vreeslike versies

Dutch Covers – Gruwelijke rijmen

French Covers – Un conte peut en cacher un autre

Japanese Covers – へそまがり昔ばなし

Korean Covers

Norwegian Covers – Ramperim og ville vers

Spanish Covers – Cuentos en verso para niños perversos

Welsh Covers – Cerddi Ffiaidd