"Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts" by Roald Dahl

Think you know the story of Cinderella? Listen to what really happened.

By Read by Alan Cumming
Published December 4, 2002 11:29PM (EST)

Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors of all time. His most famous works include "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda" and "The Witches." He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.

"Revolting Rhymes" is a truly off-beat "retelling" of six classic fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

"Dirty Beasts" is made up of nine comic verses featuring the most ghastly menagerie of Dirty Beasts you could ever hope (not) to meet! As well as Crocky-Wock the Crocodile, there's The Pig who hatches a plan to avoid being eaten by Farmer Bland and The Cow who flies into the sky and performs a loop-the-loop before depositing a cowpat from a great height.

Listen to an excerpt from "Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts," courtesy of Harper Audio, read by actor Alan Cummings.

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