Day 709: Revolting Rhymes

It was their second day in Cardiff, and Laetitia took her group to the waterfront. She arranged for them to go to an area museum called The Dr. Who Experience, based on the popular, long-running BBC television show, many episodes of which were filmed in and around Cardiff. Later they visited the small white church where Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was christened. Dahl’s parents were part of the Norwegian seagoing community in Cardiff. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before becoming a famous author.

Laetitia loved his children’s books, especially his Revolting Rhymes, parodies in verse of popular traditional stories for young people with unexpected endings. She especially enjoyed his version of Little Red Riding Hood where Red Riding Hood pulls a pistol from her knickers and shoots the Big Bad Wolf. That rhyme inspired the limerick of the day.

Roald Dahl’s rhyme of Red Riding Hood
Where she shoots Big Bad Wolf from the wood
With a gun from her nickers
Engenders loud snickers
When she’s portrayed more clever than good.

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