What is the book about?
A giant omnibus of all the verses, poems and songs Roald Dahl ever wrote.
Yes. There are really quite a lot of them. Including the ones Roald Dahl left out of books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because "he found that he had invented just too many dreadful children." These previously unpublished verses keep things interesting for the die-hard Dahl fan who has read them all.
Is there a method to this madness?
Sure. The verses, poems, and songs are organized into seven themed sections: There Are Things to See and Do, Best Behavior, Unlikely Creatures, Poisonous Possibilities, Look Who's Here, All Together Now, And a Few Surprises. The section headings are tongue-in-cheek, of course. Best Behavior, for instance, includes all those Dahl characters behaving outrageously. From the queen in 'Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs' ("I'm going to scrag that child!/I'll cook her flaming goose! I'll skin 'er!/ I'll have her rotten guts for dinner!") to Augustus Gloop ("So greedy, foul, and infantile"). Just when you think you've seen them all, there comes the shark ("Small boys are awfully good to eat."). It's best at this time to sit back and catch your breath before moving on to a different section.
Is everything really....um...vile?
The best ones are. Wonderfully and disgustingly vile.