Dirty Beasts

Published in 1983

Synopsis

Dirty Beasts was published in 1983 and, with Revolting Rhymes, is another of Roald Dahl's classic collections of comic verse for children.

Background

Background

The Dirty Beasts are truly horrid. There's the rumbling Tummy Beast, a not-as-stupid-as-he-looks pig, and the oh-so-vile Crocky-Wock the crocodile...

Dirty Beasts was published in 1983 and, with Revolting Rhymes, is another of Roald Dahl's classic collections of comic verse for children. In the nine poems included there are a host of wicked creatures getting up to some extraordinary things...

In 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer and conductor Benjamin Wallfisch to compose new orchestral works based on three of the poems included in Dirty Beasts. The world premiere of the pieces - The AnteaterThe Porcupine and The Toad and the Snail - takes place in spring 2014.

The nine poems included in Dirty Beasts are:

  • The Pig
  • The Crocodile
  • The Lion
  • The Scorpion
  • The Ant-Eater
  • The Porcupine
  • The Cow
  • The Toad and the Snail
  • The Tummy Beast

Quote

No animal is half as vile as Crocky–Wock, the crocodile.

Roald Dahl 1

The Crocodile, from Dirty Beasts.

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