Revolting Rhymes

Revolting Rhymes

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I love Roald Dahl. I spent half of my childhood obsessed with Matilda, I was terrified with The Twits and I dreamt of becoming the owner of a chocolate factory (with Oompa Loompas included).

Dahl watched the world with glittering eyes, his books are full of dark humor, magic and unforgettable characters. He had the ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, that is why, as a kid, you can relate to all the stories he wrote.

Today I will be talking about maybe one of the less known books by Roald Dahl: Revolting Rhymes. First thing I have to say about this book is that it’s amazingly funny! Dahl took some of the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White among others and transformed them into comical poems.

All the poems have a dark an unconventional ending, which is what makes the stories hilarious. I think it’s a great way to introduce children to poetry, keep in mind that the vocabulary can be a little complicated for young kids. This is just too good to be missed!

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(Cinderella is my favorite!)

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It’s all about the details

It’s all about the details

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Ahir, mentre donava una volta per la biblioteca buscant llibres interessants, la portada d’un llibre em va cridar l’atenció. El llibre en qüestió és La Nariz de Nikolai Gogol, il·lustrat per Guennadi Spirin. Oh, meravallosa literatura russa!

La Nariz es una història satírica sobre un home que es desperta un dia de matí i s’adona que el seu nas ha deseparegut. He de dir que aquesta és una historia poc usual i extranya però la veritat és que he disfrutat molt llegint-la.

Les il·lustracions són màgiques! Cada pàgina està plena de detalls, personalment m’han agradat molt les diferents expresions del personatge principal i també els dibuixos del voltant del text.

Obrir aquest llibre significa viatjar al St. Patersburg del segle XIX.


Yesterday I went to the library and while I was walking around looking for some cool books, a beautiful cover caught my eye (see this post), the cover was from The Nose by Nikolai Gogol, illustrated by Guennadi Spirin. Oh, beautiful Russian literature!

The nose is a satirical story about a man who wakes up one day to discover that his nose disappeared from his face.                   I have to say that the story is strange and definitely unusual but I really enjoyed reading it.

The illustrations are pure magic! Every page is full of details, personally I love the different expressions of the main character as well as the little drawings around the text.

Opening this book means traveling to the St. Petersburg of the XIX century. So please, go to your local library and look for it! (but keep an eye on your nose).

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Mr. Kovaliov holding his nose

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Illustrations around the text

El hilo de la vida / I can’t wait – Davide Cali + Serge Bloch

El hilo de la vida / I can’t wait – Davide Cali + Serge Bloch

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Diuen que les millors coses de la vida no són coses i això és veritat. Aquest libre parla de totes aquelles simples coses que formen part de la vida i que moltes vegades ens fan somriure (i d’altres potser també plorar): un petò abans a’anar a dormir, l’arribada de la primavera, rebre una trucada d’una persona especial…

“El hilo de la vida” és un libre sobre emocions i sentiments per veure que a la vida passen coses molt bones però també algunes de no tan bones. És un d’aquells libres per a nens i nenes de 0 a 99 anys.

M’agrada per…

Les simples il·lustracions en blanc i negre que estàn dibuixades d’un sol traç. El fil vermell és l’únic element que dóna color al llibre, és el punt comú de totes les pàgines i és una representació del fil de la vida.


Best things in life aren’t things. This book talks about all this little things in life that make us happy (or sometimes sad): a bedtime kiss, the feel good feeling when spring comes, when someone special gives you a call…

“I can’t wait” is about emotions and feelings. It shows us that we will live a ton of good moments but also a few of not that good, but at the end, that’s what life is about. It’s one of those books for all ages (0 to 99 years old).

It’s a plus…

The simplicity of the illustrations. The read thread gives the touch of color in the book, it is also the representation of the thread of life. The metaphor is just beautiful.

Llana a dojo / Extra yarn – Mac Barnett + Jon Klassen

Llana a dojo / Extra yarn – Mac Barnett + Jon Klassen

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Des que l’Annabel va trobar una capseta plena de llana de colors no para de fer jerseis per a tothom. Teixeix més ràpid que la velocitat de la llum! Hi ha tanta i tanta llana dins la capseta que l’Annabel ha pogut fer jerseis per a tot i tothom (veïns, animalons i fins i tot cases!).

Tots els contes ens ensenyen alguna cosa, ens poden ensenyar com viu la gent a un altre part del món, a no tenir por de la foscor o senzillament ens poden ensenyar a imaginar. El missatge d’un conte no cal que sigui obvi per tal que els nens l’entenguin. Crec que els millors contes són aquells que mostren uns valors però d’una forma molt sutil. “Llana a dojo” no ens vol donar cap lliçó, sinó que ens ensenya uns valors com ara la generositat i actuar amb bon cor, d’una manera molt bonica.

M’agrada per…

La bona sensació que et deixa després de llegir-lo. El conte és original i les il·lustracions divertides. Es veu com la llana dóna color al poble a mesura que l’Annabel va fent mitja.


Annabel hasn’t stopped knitting since the day she found a little box full of colorful yarn in the middle of the street. She can knit faster than the speed of light! She never runs of yarn so she knits sweaters for everyone and everything (neighbors, animals and even houses!).

Tales always have something to teach us. A Book can teach us curious things like the way people live in the other part of the world or it can give us a message as simple as “you don’t have to be afraid of the dark”. I believe that the message doesn’t have to be obvious for a kid to understand it. The best books are the ones that transmit you values in a way that it’s not obvious. “Extra yarn” doesn’t want to give us a lesson, it transmit us certain values such as generosity and confidence in a very beautiful way.

It’s a plus…

The “feeling good” sensation you have when you finish the book. The story is original and the illustrations are cute. See how the yarn changes the aspect of the book by giving color to Annabel’s town!