Dirty Beasts

first publication date:  1984
original language:  English

Dirty Beasts is a 1983 collection of Roald Dahl poems about unsuspecting animals. Intended to be a follow-up to Revolting Rhymes, the original Jonathan Cape edition was illustrated by Rosemary Fawcett. In 1984, a revised edition was published with illustrations by Quentin Blake. An audiobook recording was released in the 1980s read alternately by Prunella Scales and Timothy West; Scales narrated "The Pig", "The Scorpion", "The Porcupine", "The Cow" and "The Tummy Beast", while West narrated the rest. Later in 1998 Puffin Audiobooks published a recording featuring Pam Ferris and Geoffrey Palmer, and in 2002 Harper Audio released a recording of Alan Cumming reading both Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. An original video animation (OVA) was also released by Abbey Home Entertainment in the 1990s as part of their Tempo Video range, featuring all 9 tales told using Scales and West's audiobook recordings. Re-releases from 1996 onwards had their narrations re-recorded by Dawn French and Martin Clunes in the respective stories. Source: Wikipedia (en)


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