Today is World Poetry Day, and the prompt for today’s Blogtober is Ditty, in honour of that. Rather than share a mediocre poem I have written, I have decided instead to share some of the first poems I read. The Roald Dahl Book, “Revolting Rhymes” was definitely one of the first books I remember genuinely loving. The fact it made me laugh definitely helped my love of both reading and poetry grow.

I am not an English Literature expert. I got B’s in my GCSE English language and literature exams, and have never gone further with my study of the English Language. All I know about poems is what I love. And for the most part, that’s poems which make me feel. Back when I was 8 or 9, the best way to do that was to make me laugh…

Revolting Rhymes Jack and the beanstalk

Why Revolting Rhymes?

The thing with Roald Dahi’s Revolting Rhymes is he changes the plot to the storylines you’ve heard a dozed times. Prince Charming, for example turns out to be a bit like Joffrey in Game of Thrones. Don’t believe me? You’re in luck! It was turned into a TV show…. This video will give you a good idea of the sort of poems you’ll find in the book!

Writing this blog post has made me remember how much I loved this book. So much so, I’ve just ordered a copy for the kids. I think my sense of humour was probably shaped by poems and stories like these!

Revolting Rhymes 3 little pigs

Admit it – you laughed, didn’t you? Have your kids read Revolting Rhymes? I”m excited about our copy arriving so I can share these poems with my own children. I’ll warn you now – they definitely aren’t as PC as 2018 publishers would insist they should be!

Books like this one, Enid Blyton and My Naughty Little Sister were definitely massively influential in me developing a love of reading, and later on… writing too. I don’t write in the hope of having books like theirs published – not yet anyway. I have had a book idea brewing for the past 5 years or so, and perhaps I’ll get round to writing it one day soon.

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