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The small girl smiles

One eyelid flickers
She whips a pistol from her knickers

You can read all of Roald Dahl's brilliant Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf here. It's my favourite of his Revolting Rhymes. I'm pleased to say it's still alot of kids favourite poem going by the BBC2 documentary Off by Heart which was on earlier this week as part of the BBCs poetry season. It was a delightful film following 12 smashing kids as they competed in a poetry recitation competition. Seven out of twelve chose Little Red Riding Hood as their poem of choice and it was great watching the variety of performances, most of which made me laugh out loud.

Another Roald Dahl airing was on Radio 4's Archive on 4 and is available on the listen again feature for a week. He was just as funny in real life as his writing suggests. He's my favourite kids author, I devoured his books when I was a kid and The Twits is in my top ten works of fiction.

I think there are a lot of important lessons in The Twits. If you haven't read it yet, why not? A word of caution for new readers, spaghetti will never be the same again.


i am with you all the way here - and you have reminded me that i forgot to watch the kids poetry thing - i shall be checking to see if it's online when i go to find the roald dahl radio programme you have recommended.
mostcurious said…
Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors of all time. Rawk.

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