Hundreds of changes made to latest editions of Roald Dahl’s books


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Across his beloved children’s books, hundreds of the author’s words have been changed or entirely removed in a bid for ‘relevancy’

“Words matter,” begins the discreet notice, which sits at the bottom of the copyright page of Puffin’s latest editions of Roald Dahl’s books. “The wonderful words of Roald Dahl can transport you to different worlds and introduce you to the most marvellous characters. This book was written many years ago, and so we regularly review the language to ensure that it can continue to be enjoyed by all today.”

Put simply: these may not be the words Dahl wrote. The publishers have given themselves licence to edit the writer as they see fit, chopping, altering and adding where necessary to bring his books in line with contemporary sensibilities. By comparing the latest editions with earlier versions of the texts, The Telegraph has found hundreds of changes to Dahl’s stories.

Language related to weight, mental health, violence, gender and race has been cut and rewritten. Remember the Cloud-Men in James and the Giant Peach? They are now the Cloud-People. The Small Foxes in Fantastic Mr Fox are now female. In Matilda, a mention of Rudyard Kipling has been cut and Jane Austen added. It’s Roald Dahl, but different.

Dahl, who died in 1990, is one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. Born in Cardiff in 1916 to Norwegian parents, he was an ace fighter pilot during the Second World War before turning his hand to writing. More than 250 million copies of his books, which include novels such as The Witches, The Twits and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as his memoirs Boy and Going Solo, have been sold worldwide. His stories are characterised by dark humour and unexpected twists.

This is not the first time that his work has been controversial. The Oompa-Loompas, the diminutive employees of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, have been extensively reimagined over the years. In recent years Dahl has been criticised for anti-Semitism, misogyny and racism.

The modern editor of Dahl faces a dilemma: how to retain Dahl’s compelling spikiness, which has enthralled generations of readers, while bringing it in line with the hair-trigger sensitivities of children’s publishing.

Puffin’s overhaul is the result. While there have been tweaks before, there has never been an alteration on this scale. Take The Witches, for example, Dahl’s memorably unpleasant 1983 novel about a young boy growing up in a world ruled by a coven of secretive witches. A 2001 version of the text includes the following passage, about yanking women’s hair to check if they are witches. (In the story, witches are bald, and wear gloves to disguise their claws.)

Unsurprisingly given The Witches’ subject matter, many of the edits are to do with depictions of women. “Chambermaid” becomes “cleaner”. “Great flock of ladies” becomes “great group of ladies”. “You must be mad, woman!” becomes “You must be out of your mind!” “The old hag” becomes “the old crow”.

“A witch is always a woman”, went the 2001 version of the book. “I do not wish to speak badly about women. Most women are lovely. But the fact remains that all witches are women. There is no such thing as a male witch.” That became, simply, “A witch is always a woman. There is no such thing as a male witch.”

These edits mute the original sense. Elsewhere, changes give a new meaning, like the below:

The Witches doing their bit for women in STEM.

Other alterations are about weight. “Fat little brown mouse” becomes “little brown mouse”. “‘Here’s your little boy,’ she said. ‘He needs to go on a diet’”, becomes “Here’s your little boy.”

In the earlier version, the narrator exclaims: “‘But what about the rest of the world?’ I cried. ‘What about ‘America and France and Holland and Germany? And what about Norway?’”. Now the sentence about America and France and Holland and Germany has been cut. The ‘rest of the world’ is evidently bigger now than it was.

This is only a sample of 59 changes found in The Witches, and it’s only one of Dahl’s books. Across the new editions, there are hundreds of edits, some bigger than others.

In Matilda, a passage where the heroine is learning about the escapist power of literature has changed:

Elsewhere, Miss Trunchbull’s “great horsey face” becomes simply her “face”. “Eight nutty little idiots” become “eight nutty little boys”.

Rather than “turning white,” a character turns “quite pale”, and in another example:

In James and the Giant Peach, the Cloud-Men have become Cloud-People, Miss Sponge is no longer “the fat one”, Miss Spider’s head is no longer “black” and the Earthworm no longer has “lovely pink” skin but “lovely smooth skin”. In The Twits, a “weird African language” is no longer weird, while Mrs Twit is no longer ugly and beastly but simply beastly. In the new version of George’s Marvellous Medicine, George’s exclamation changes to:

In Fantastic Mr Fox a description of tractors, saying that “the machines were both black”, has been cut. In the new Dahl world, it seems, neither machines nor animals can be described with a colour. Nor can anything be fat. “Bunce, the little pot-bellied dwarf”, is now plain old Bunce. The Small Foxes, previously sons, are now daughters, while Badger’s son has become a “little one”.

Even the harmless Esio Trot has not escaped. Tortoises no longer come “mostly from North Africa” but from “many different countries”. Perhaps more egregiously, given the story’s punning title: “Tortoises are very backward creatures. Therefore they can only understand words that are written backwards” has become simply: “They can only understand words that are written backwards”.

And so on. Hundreds of changes to some of the best-loved children’s books ever written. Even Quentin Blake’s illustrations do not make it through the sensitivity reading unscathed. Earlier editions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory include three sketches of Mike Teavee with 18 toy pistols “hanging from belts around his body”, but the guns have been scrubbed out by 2022, as well as a related sentence.

Language evolves. Few would defend retaining the “n-word” in contemporary publishing, or any number of other outdated racial slurs which bring the modern reader up short and do not add to the text. But where does sensible pruning give way to unnecessary tinkering?

“We want to ensure Roald Dahl’s wonderful stories and characters continue to be enjoyed by all children today,” said a spokesperson for the Roald Dahl Story Company. “When publishing new print runs of books written years ago, it’s not unusual to review the language used alongside updating other details including a book’s cover and page layout. Our guiding principle throughout has been to maintain the storylines, characters, and the irreverence and sharp-edged spirit of the original text. Any changes made have been small and carefully considered.”

The rewriting of Dahl is part of a general trend for “sensitivity readings”, where books are screened before publication for material that might be upsetting. The practice began in children’s books, where it remains most pronounced. Anthony Horowitz, the bestselling author, recently talked about falling foul of the censor over a Native American character attacking someone with a scalpel.

Hundreds of words and meanings have been changed in Roald Dahl's best-loved books

“I made the changes, but I will confess they hurt,” Horowitz wrote in The Spectator. “It just feels wrong to be told what to write by an outside party, no matter how well-meaning.” Addressing the Hay Festival last year, Horowitz commented “children’s book publishers are more scared [of cancel culture] than anybody”.

Dahl has long been controversial. This is not the first time his books have changed to reflect contemporary mores, or around Hollywood interest. In the first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), the Oompa-Loompas were black pygmies, enslaved by Willy Wonka from “the deepest and darkest part of the African jungle” and paid in cocoa beans. Dahl rewrote the characters in the late 1960s to “de-Negro” them, in his words. For Mel Stuart’s 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, the Oompas became green-haired, orange-skinned figures. By a 1973 edition of the book, they had become “little fantasy creatures”.

But in recent years Dahl has become an increasingly divisive figure – not only accused of racism and misogyny, but anti-Semitism too. The latter was so apparent in his writing and private life that in 2020, the Dahl family issued an apology.

“The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl’s statements. Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations. We hope that, just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting impact of words.”

The Dahl estate owned the rights to the books until 2021, when Netflix bought them outright for a reported $686 million, building on an earlier rights deal. The American streaming service now has overall control over the book publishing, as well as various adaptation projects that are in the works. These are the first new editions since the deal, but the review began before the sale.

“The current review began in 2020, before Dahl was acquired by Netflix,” said a spokesperson for the Roald Dahl Story Company. “It was led by Puffin and Roald Dahl Story Company together.” (When approached for comment, Netflix directed The Telegraph back to Puffin.)

Puffin and the Roald Dahl Story Company made the latest changes in conjunction with Inclusive Minds, which its spokesperson describes as “a collective for people who are passionate about inclusion and accessibility in children’s literature”. Organisations such as Inclusive Minds have sprung up to help publishers navigate these newly choppy waters.

The 2001 and 2022 editions of Roald Dahl's books Credit: Jamie Lorriman

Alexandra Strick, a co-founder of Inclusive Minds, says they “aim to ensure authentic representation, by working closely with the book world and with those who have lived experience of any facet of diversity”. To do this, they call on a team of “Inclusion Ambassadors” with a variety of “lived experience”. She says they mostly work with authors writing now, but are sometimes asked to work on older texts.

“Occasionally, publishers approach us to consult Inclusion Ambassadors when looking to reprint older titles,” says Strick. “While this is not the main focus for the Ambassadors – and we believe better authenticity is achieved through input at development stages – we do think those with lived experience can provide valuable input when it comes to reviewing language to help ensure that the stories can continue to be enjoyed by all children, so on occasions we work with publishers on classic texts.”

Some teachers argue it’s the children’s tastes that are changing. Scott Evans has been a primary school teacher for eight years and works at a school in South Wales, near Cardiff, where Dahl grew up. He runs a website, The Reader Teacher, and has worked as a sensitivity reader. “I understand the arguments some say about censorship and diminishing the author’s voice,” he says. “However, after recently re-reading some children’s books by Dahl, some language stood out as offensive while other terms have become outdated over time. Here, sensitivity readers can make suggested adaptations to make them more accessible to children.

“When you ask children and adults why they are drawn to Dahl’s books, it’s often the sense of rebellion within them that they mention,” he adds. “While maintaining this spirit in children’s books is essential and suppressing it entirely is not the answer either, it’s about making sure that the characters and content are mischievous, and not malicious, in their nature.”

The Oompa-Loompas may be the most famous example of Dahl’s earlier amendments, but they were not the only time he amended his writing. “It was clear towards the end of Dahl’s life, his editors worked really closely with him on shaping the stories,” says Kris Howard, founder of the Roald Dahl fan club roalddahlfans.com. “In some cases, they changed quite a lot. Fantastic Mr Fox is a great example: his first draft was more a glorification of thievery, one would argue, than the version that actually got published. I’m disappointed that [Dahl’s] books have been changed. But at the same time… Dahl did OK changes to his books in line with modern mores.

“Some of the descriptions [in the books] are a bit problematic with some of the characters,” she acknowledges. Nevertheless, “people have said that about characters in the Harry Potter novels”, and there is a way of contextualising Dahl’s work.

The Telegraph has discovered hundreds of changes from Roald Dahl's stories Credit: ITV/Shutterstock

Matthew Dennison, who wrote a biography of the author, Teller of the Unexpected, published last year, says Dahl was particular about the language he used. “Dahl typically worked seven days a week for a year on one of his full-length novels and was drained by the experience, which involved extensive rewriting as he worked, followed by a lively back-and-forth with his editor,” he says.

“The process of editing often focused on individual words or particular expressions, as Dahl kept faith with some of the interwar slang of his childhood, and aspects of his vocabulary up to his death continued to recall the enthusiasms of English prep schoolboys. This was both natural to him and deliberate, and he resisted interference.

“His relationships with his editors included marked fractiousness on Dahl’s part,” he adds. “Overruling proposed word changes made by the American editor of The Witches, Stephen Roxburgh, Dahl wrote, ‘I don’t approve of some of your Americanisms. This is an English book with an English flavour and so it should remain.’”

When it came to children’s books, Dennison says Dahl didn’t care what adults thought as long as his target readers were happy. “‘I don’t give a b----r what grown-ups think,’ was a characteristic statement,” Dennison says. “And I’m almost certain that he would have recognised that alterations to his novels prompted by the political climate were driven by adults rather than children, and this always inspired derision, if not contempt, in Dahl.

“He never, for example, had any truck with librarians who criticised his books as too frightening, lacking moral role models, negative in their portrayal of women, etc,” he continues. “Dahl wrote stories intended to kindle in children a lifelong love of reading and to remind them of the childhood wonderlands of magic and enchantment, aims in which he succeeded triumphantly. Adult anxieties about political niceties didn’t register in this outlook. This said, although Dahl could be unabashed in offending adults, he took pains never to alienate or make unhappy his child readers.”

Dahl is only a prominent example of a growing trend in children’s publishing for content that nobody can find offensive. The latest editing sets Roald Dahl the brand, the property for which Netflix paid handsomely and which generates millions of pounds in revenue for Penguin Random House, Puffin’s parent company, against the words Roald Dahl put on the page. A cynic might say it is a way of protecting the golden goose. Words matter, especially on the bottom line.

When does harmless tweaking become over-meddling? How long before The Twits becomes The Twits of Theseus, unrecognisable from its original form? Which other children’s authors are in line for the big green pencil? The way publishing is going, the rewriting of Roald Dahl may only be the beginning.

The Twits

2001ladies and gentlemen

2022folks

2001fearful ugliness

2022ugliness

2001Have you ever seen a woman with an uglier face than that? I doubt it.

2022Have you ever seen anyone with an uglier face than that? I doubt it.

2001You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth

2022You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and stick-out teeth

2001In her right hand she carried a walking stick. She used to tell people that this was because she had warts growing on her sole of her left foot and walking was painful.

2022In her right hand she carried a walking stick. Not because she needed help walking.

2001Oh do shut up, you old hag

2022Oh do shut up, you old crow

2001She lay there in the dark scratching her tummy. Her tummy was itching. Dirty old hags like her always have itchy tummies.

2022She lay there in the dark scratching her tummy. Her tummy was always itchy.

2001She was a prisoner

2022She was stuck

2001old hag

2022old crow

2001Mrs Twit may have been ugly and she may have been beastly, but she was not stupid.

2022Mrs Twit may have been beastly, but she was not stupid.

2001frumpet

2022frump

2001But these were English birds and they couldn’t understand the weird African language the monkeys spoke.

2022But these were English birds and they couldn’t understand the African language the monkeys spoke.

2001He’s dotty!’ They cried. ‘He’s balmy!’ ‘He’s batty!’ ‘He’s nutty!’ ‘He’s screwy!’ ‘He’s wacky!’ Cried the Roly-Poly Bird. ‘Poor old Muggles has gone off his wump at last!’

2022He’s dotty!’ They cried. ‘He’s wacky!’ Cried the Roly-Poly Bird.

2001frumptious freaks

2022beastly Twits

2001ugly old cow

2022ghastly old shrew

2001fatty folds of his flabby neck

2022folds of his neck

The Witches

2001Even if she is working as a cashier in a supermarket or typing letters for a businessman

2022Even if she is working as a top scientist or running a business

2001I do not wish to speak badly about women. Most women are lovely

2022Removed

2001We could round them all up and put them in the meat-grinder

2022Removed

2001There was something indecent about a bald woman

2022Removed

2001“How horrid!” “Disgusting,” my grandmother said

2022Removed

2001You can’t go round pulling the hair of every lady you meet, even if she is wearing gloves. Just you try it and see what happens

2022Besides, there are plenty of other reasons why women might wear wigs and there is certainly nothing wrong with that

2001When an actress wears a wig, or if you or I were to wear a wig, we would be putting it on over our own hair, but a witch has to put it straight on to her naked scalp

2022Removed

2001Witches have slightly larger nose-holes than ordinary people

2022Witches have slightly larger nose-holes

2001Queer

2022Strange

2001Perhaps he had been forced to jam her thumb down the spout of a boiling kettle until it was steamed away

2022Removed

2001The gums were like raw meat

2022Removed

2001Fat and jolly

2022Jolly lady

2001Chambermaid

2022Cleaner

2001Great flock of ladies

2022Great group of ladies

2001Adorable dress

2022Lovely dress

2001It nearly killed Ashton as well. Half the skin came away from his scalp

2022It didn’t do Ashton much good

2001The sheer horror of this woman’s features

2022Removed

2001Revolting they were, as though the toes had been sliced away

2022As though the toes had been sliced away

2001I simply cannot tell you how awful they were, and somehow the whole sight was made more grotesque because underneath those frightful scabby bald heads, the bodies were dressed in fashionable and rather pretty clothes. It was monstrous. It was unnatural

2022Removed

2001Foul bald-headed females

2022Foul females

2001A boy it vill be for a certainty because girls are not keeping pet mice

2022Removed

2001These females

2022They

2001Him

2022Them

2001Handbags

2022Bags

2001His

2022Its

2001Rather pretty young lady

2022Removed

2001Bunch of dangerous females

2022Bunch of dangerous witches

2001Filthy old cow

2022Monster

2001Maid

2022Cleaner

2001That awful maid

2022The cleaner

2001That seemed to calm her down a bit

2022Removed

2001Bald pimply heads

2022Bald heads

2001Their feet had no toes

2022Their feet were square at the end

2001Monster

2022Awful woman

2001Hotel maid

2022Hotel cleaner

2001Evil woman

2022Evil person

2001Immensely fat

2022Removed

2001This woman’s mad

2022This woman’s clearly not in her right mind

2001Mad woman

2022Woman

2001Fat little brown mouse

2022Little brown mouse

2001Fit and frisky

2022Fit

2001People will think I’m dotty and talking to myself

2022People will think I’m talking to myself

2001Flood of females

2022Flood of people

2001Old hag

2022Old crow

2001Old hag

2022Old crow

2001Plenty of families with a husband, a wife and several children

2022Plenty of families

2001English father

2022English parent

2001You must be mad, woman!

2022You must be out of your mind!

2001Mrs Jenkins will go crazy

2022Mrs Jenkins will be furious

2001Skinny little woman

2022Skinny woman

2001Women were screaming and strong men were turning white in the face and shouting, “It’s crazy! This can’t happen!”

2022All over the dining room people were screaming, looking panicky and shouting, ‘This can’t be happening!”

2001Laughing like mad

2022Laughing wildly

2001Not very crazy

2022Not a big fan

2001Mrs Jenkins’ shrill voice

2022Mrs Jenkins yelling

2001“Herbert, get me out of here!”

2022“Help!” she was shouting. “Get me out of here!”

2001He needs to go on a diet

2022Removed

2001I was crazy

2022Removed

2001“But what about the rest of the world?’ I cried. “What about America and France and Holland and Germany?”

2022“But what about the rest of the world?” I cried

2001“There’s no way an English policeman is going to believe that you are the Head of the Norwegian Police.” “I am very good at imitating a man’s voice,” she said. “Of course he believed me.”

2022“There’s no way a Chief of Police is going to believe that you are the Head of the Norwegian Police.” “I am very good at persuading people,” she said. “Of course they believed me.”

Matilda

2001Mothers and fathers

2022Parents

2001Your daughter Vanessa, judging by what she’s learnt this term, has no hearing-organs at all

2022Judging by what your daughter Vanessa has learnt this term, this fact alone is more interesting than anything I have taught in the classroom

2001She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling

2022She went to nineteenth century estates with Jane Austen. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and California with John Steinbeck

2001She wore heavy make-up and had one of those unfortunate bulging figures where the flesh appears to be strapped in all around the body to prevent it from falling out

2022Removed

2001Dickens or Kipling

2022Dickens or Austen

2001Hardly the kind of man a wife dreams about

2022Hardly the man of my dreams

2001His wife recognised the signs immediately and made herself scarce

2022Removed

2001Shut up, you nut!

2022Ssshh! Not yet!

2001Turning white

2022Turning quite pale

2001Matilda took the knife she had been eating with

2022Removed

2001He looked like a low-grade bookmaker dressed up for his daughter’s wedding

2022Removed

2001Beginning to go dark red

2022Beginning to tremble

2001Bingo afternoons left her so exhausted both physically and emotionally that she never had enough energy left to cook an evening meal

2022Removed

2001Red in the face

2022Hot under the collar

2001Female tightrope-walker

2022Tightrope-walker

2001A lovely pale oval madonna face

2022A lovely oval face

2001Wonderful parents

2022Wonderful family

2001Pale and pleasant

2022Removed

2001A most formidable female

2022A most formidable woman

2001Her face, I’m afraid, was neither a thing of beauty nor a joy forever

2022Her face was not a thing of beauty

2001Your fanny

2022Your backside

2001The plain plump person with the smug suet-pudding face

2022The plain person with the smug pudding face

2001Their children turned out to be delinquents and drop-outs

2022Removed

2001I don’t give a tinker’s toot

2022I don’t give a flip

2001Well thrown, sir!

2022Well thrown, miss!

2001She’s mad

2022Removed

2001Mothers and fathers

2022Parents

2001She’s mad

2022She’s lost her mind

2001Denizen of the underworld

2022Resident of the underworld

2001Her great horsy face

2022Her face

2001Huge overstuffed grub

2022Overstuffed grub

2001Get your mother or father

2022Get your family

2001Become a heroine

2022Become a hero

2001Small boys and girls

2022Children

2001Save myself from going round the bend

2022Save myself the trouble

2001His mother

2022His parents

2001Wobbling crazily on his one leg

2022Wobbling unsteadily

2001Foolish abandon

2022Reckless abandon

2001His mother thought it was beautiful

2022He thought it was beautiful

2001An ass

2022A clown

2001My father

2022My family

2001Bunch of morons

2022Bunch of brats

2001Suicide

2022Disastrous

2001A gigantic spray-gun in my hands and start pumping it

2022A gigantic spray-gun in my hands and start squirting them all

2001Mad

2022Dotty

2001Ranting like a maniac

2022Removed

2001Bunch of midgets

2022Bunch of squirts

2001White in the face, white as paper

2022Removed

2001Wise old bird

2022Wise teacher

2001A mother at home or a sister or a husband

2022A mother at home or a sister or a husband, or anyone at all

2001Sane and sensible man

2022Sensible man

2001I was her slave

2022Removed

2001I had been her slave

2022I had been serving her

2001You’re mad

2022I don’t know why

2001A heroine

2022A hero

2001Knock her flat

2022Give her a right talking to

2001Eight nutty little idiots

2022Eight nutty little boys

2001Matron

2022Nurse

2001School matron

2022School nurse

2001Matron

2022Nurse

2001Crazy with frustration

2022Wild with frustration

2001Her father’s place

2022Her parents’ place

George’s Marvellous Medicine

2022Added a dedication: This book is for doctors everywhere

2001He didn’t have a brother or a sister.

2022He didn’t have any siblings.

2001His father was a farmer

2022His parents were farmers

2001She had pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog’s bottom.

2022She had rotting teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog’s bottom, from years of frowning.

2001She certainly was a very tiny person.

2022She certainly was very small.

2001Her legs were so short she had to have a footstool

2022It was as if she was shrinking, as she had to have a footstool

2001Daddy says it’s fine for a man to be tall

2022Daddy says it’s fine for people to be tall

2001Owch

2022Ugh

2001Mummy washes them down the sink

2022Mummy and Daddy wash them down the sink

2001Mummy’s as stupid as you are

2022Mummy and Daddy are as stupid as you are

2001filthy old woman

2022mean old woman

2001horny finger

2022bony finger

2001horrid old witchy woman

2022horrid old woman

2001blow off the top of her head

2022shoot sparks out the top of her head

2001Will she go pop? Will she explode?

2022Will she go pop? Hop like a toad?

2001Maybe that will brighten up those horrid brown teeth of hers

2022Maybe that will brighten up her smile

2001He found another aerosol can, NEVERMORE PONKING DEODORANT SPRAY, GUARANTEED, it said, TO KEEP AWAY UNPLEASANT BODY SMELLS FOR A WHOLE DAY. ‘She could use plenty of that,’ George said

2022He found another aerosol can, NEVERMORE PONKING DEODORANT SPRAY, GUARANTEED, it said, TO KEEP AWAY UNPLEASANT BODY SMELLS FOR A WHOLE DAY. ‘Smelling nice never hurt,’ George said

2001His mother’s dressing table

2022The dressing table

2001THIS POWDER, IF EATEN, WILL MAKE THE DOG EXPLODE.

2022THIS POWDER, IF EATEN, WILL MAKE THE DOG HOP LIKE A FLEA.

2001Grandma was very fond of gin. She was allowed to have a small nip of it every evening.

2022Grandma was very fond of gin. She liked to have a small nip of it every evening.

2001Screechy voice

2022Nasty voice

2001Splendid explosions inside the old geezer

2022Splendid explosions inside her

2001That grumpy old cow in the living room has every one of those rotten illnesses

2022Grandma has every one of those rotten illnesses

2001How I’d love to walk in and slosh it all over old Grandma and watch the ticks and fleas go jumping off her

2022How I’d love to walk in and slosh it all over old Grandma and give her quite the fright.

2001Dashed into his father’s toolshed

2022Dashed into the toolshed

2001The old hag opened her small wrinkled mouth, showing disgusting pale brown teeth

2022The old lady opened her small wrinkled mouth.

2001It was exactly as though someone had pushed an electric wire through the underneath of her chair and switched on the current.

2022It was as though someone had switched her chair with a fighter-jet seat and pressed the eject button.

2001…frozen…quivering

2022Removed

2001the old hag bucked and shied and snorted

2022She shied and snorted

2001It’s killing me!

2022It’s horrible!

2001“Look at you! You’re standing up all on your own and you’re not even using a stick!’

2022“Look at you! You’re full of beans!’

2001The frozen pop-eyed look was back with her again now

2022Removed

2001Marvellous medicine, George told himself. He found it fascinating to stand there watching what it was doing to the old hag. What next?

2022What marvellous medicine. What next?

2001old screechy voice

2022old scratchy voice

2001Your father’ll be after you now! He’ll give you socks and serve you right!

2022Your parents will be furious! They’ll have you mucking out the stables for a month and it will serve you right!

2001She looked as though she was going to faint.

2022Removed

2001Mr Kranky was a small man with bandy legs and a huge head.

2022Removed

2001Don’t listen to the old goat

2022Don’t listen to the old grump

2001Frisky as a ferret

2022Lively as a ferret

2001ancient old hag

2022ancient old woman

2001miserable midgets

2022miserable bunch

2001I’ll trample you to death

2022I’ll flatten you

2001bullocks

2022Removed

2001We’ve made Grandma feel frisky as a ferret

2022We’ve given Grandma a new lease of life

2001Mummy’s dressing table

2022The dressing table

2001queer

2022strange

2001horny hand

2022wrinkly hand

2001the skinny old hag’s head

2022her skinny old head

2001a miserable midget

2022almost invisible

2001That’s what happens to you if you’re grumpy and bad tempered,’ said Mr Kranky. ‘Great medicine of yours, George.’

2022Removed

2001But she calmed down quite quickly. And by lunchtime, she was saying, ‘Ah well, I suppose it’s all for the best, really. She was a bit of a nuisance around the house, wasn’t she?’ ‘Yes,’ Mr Kranky said. ‘She most certainly was.’

2022Removed

James and the Giant Peach

2001queer ramshackle house

2022strange ramshackle house

2001Aunt Sponge was enormously fat and very short

2022Aunt Sponge was quite large and very short

2001One of those white flabby faces that looked exactly as though it had been boiled

2022A face that looked like a great soggy overboiled cabbage

2001She had a screeching voice

2022She had an annoying voice

2001those two ghastly hags

2022those two ghastly aunts

2001Aunt Sponge, fat and pulpy as a jellyfish

2022Aunt Sponge, pulpy as a jellyfish

2001Waving her fat arms and starting to dance around in circles

2022Waving her arms and starting to dance around in circles

2001In another minute, this mammoth fruit was as round and large and fat as Aunt Sponge herself, and probably just as heavy

2022Removed

2001They were like a couple of hunters who had just shot an elephant

2022They were like a couple of hunters who had just shot their prey

2001They looked like midgets from another world beside it

2022They looked like ants beside it

2001James stopped and stared at the speakers, his face white with horror

2022James stopped and stared at the speakers, his face agog with horror

2001The Spider (who happened to be a female spider) opened her mouth

2022The Spider opened her mouth

2001Of course I’m not talking to you, you ass!

2022Of course I’m not talking to you!

2001That crazy Glow-worm has gone to sleep with her light on!

2022That silly Glow-worm has gone to sleep with her light on!

2001They gaped. They screamed. They started to run

2022They gaped. They started to run

2001Aunt Sponge, the fat one, tripped over a box

2022Aunt Sponge tripped over a box

2001Let go, you idiot!

2022Let go, you clown!

2001James was promptly flung across the room into the Old-Green-Grasshopper’s horny lap

2022James was promptly flung across the room into the Old-Green-Grasshopper’s lap

2001Everybody was beginning slowly and painfully to disentangle himself from everybody else

2022Everybody was beginning slowly and painfully to disentangle themselves from everybody else

2001Here we go, boys!

2022Here we go, folks!

2001Nor I! said Miss Spider. None of us three girls can swim a single stroke

2022Nor I! said the Earthworm. None of us three can swim a single stroke

2001You know very well I’m blind, snapped the Earthworm. There’s no need to rub it in

2022You know very well I’m blind, snapped the Earthworm

2001The boy’s crazy

2022Removed

2001Even the Silkworm, looking white and thin

2022Even the Silkworm, looking frail and thin

2001The Ladybird answered modestly, blushing all over

2022The Ladybird answered modestly.

2001Aunt Sponge was terrifically fat,/And tremendously flabby at that./Her tummy and waist/Were as soggy as paste -/It was worse on the place where she sat!

2022Aunt Sponge was a nasty old brute,/And deserved to be squashed by the fruit!/We all felt a big bump/When we dropped with a thump./We left Aunt Sponge behind us/But you needn’t remind us /That we shouldn’t feel rotten,/For we haven’t forgotten/How spiteful she could be!

2001Aunt Spiker was thin as a wire,/And dry as a bone, only drier./She was so long and thin/If you carried her in/You could use her for poking the fire!

2022Aunt Spiker was much the same/And deserves half of the blame./Ta-ra, Aunt Spiker!/(Though we never did like her)/It’s sad but true./If only she knew,/How the absence of charm/Can do so much harm./With thoughts so frightful/One can’t be delightful/And now worms will have Spiker for tea!

2001Who had been dancing wildly round the deck during this song

2022Who had been dancing wildly round the deck

2001About twice the height of ordinary men

2022About twice the average height of a person

2001They must be Cloud-Men! Cloud-Men! they murmured

2022They must be Cloud-People! Cloud-People! they murmured

2001The Cloud-Men were all standing

2022The Cloud-People were all standing

2001They must be absolutely mad! the Centipede said

2022What are they doing?! the Centipede said

2001But the Cloud-Men were much too busy

2022But the Cloud-People were much too busy

2001One of the Cloud-Men raising his long wispy arms

2022One of the Cloud-People raising his long wispy arms

2001And all the other Cloud-Men

2022And all the other Cloud-People

2001Yelling at the Cloud-Men as loud as he could

2022Yelling at the Cloud-People as loud as he could

2001“Idiots!” he yelled

2022“Oi!” he yelled

2001The Cloud-Men jumped round

2022The Cloud-People jumped round

2001Looking back at the Cloud-Men

2022Looking back at the Cloud-People

2001Making insulting signs at the Cloud-Men

2022Making insulting signs at the Cloud-People

2001This evidently infuriated the Cloud-Men beyond belief

2022This evidently infuriated the Cloud-People beyond belief

2001My goodness, how those Cloud-Men could throw!

2022My goodness, how those Cloud-People could throw!

2001But the Cloud-Men had no intention of stopping

2022But the Cloud-People had no intention of stopping

2001But there were no Cloud-Men in sight now

2022But there were no Cloud-People in sight now

2001Don’t be an ass!

2022Don’t be so silly!

2001But might those not be Cloud-Men

2022But might those not be Cloud-People

2001“They are Cloud-Men!”

2022“They are Cloud-People!”

2001“I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by a Mexican!”

2022“I’d rather be fried alive and eaten!”

2001That monstrous crazy arch

2022That monstrous arch

2001Staring at the Cloud-Men

2022Staring at the Cloud-People

2001This was exactly what the Cloud-Men were doing

2022This was exactly what the Cloud-People were doing

2001The ropes that the Cloud-Men had been using

2022The ropes that the Cloud-People had been using

2001The faces of a thousand furious Cloud-Men

2022The faces of a thousand furious Cloud-People

2001One Cloud-Man, a huge hairy creature

2022One Cloud-Person, a huge hairy creature

2001The huge hairy Cloud-Man

2022The huge hairy Cloud-Person

2001The rest of the Cloud-Men were so flabbergasted

2022The rest of the Cloud-People were so flabbergasted

2001The infuriated Cloud-Men

2022The infuriated Cloud-People

2001The Ladybird said

2022Said the Ladybird

2001“It’s a Cloud-Man!” Miss Spider cried. “I just know it’s a Cloud-Man!”

2022“It’s a Cloud-Person!” Miss Spider cried. “I just know it’s a Cloud-Person!”

2001The travellers caught glimpses of Cloud-Men

2022The travellers caught glimpses of Cloud-People

2001The Cloud-Men turning the handle

2022The Cloud-People turning the handle

2001The Cloud-Men beating them furiously with long hammers

2022The Cloud-People beating them furiously with long hammers

2001A Cloud-Men’s city

2022A Cloud-People’s city

2001There were caves everywhere running into the cloud, and at the entrances to the caves the Cloud-Men’s wives were crouching over little stoves with frying-pans in their hands, frying snowballs for their husband’s suppers

2022There were houses everywhere running into the cloud,

2001Hundreds of Cloud-Men’s children

2022Hundreds of Cloud-People children

2001A few women screamed. Others knelt down on the side-walks and began praying aloud. Strong men turned to one another and said things like, I guess this is it, Joe, and Good-bye, everybody, good-bye

2022Removed

2001The policemen and the firemen all started shouting

2022The police officers and the firefighters all started shouting

2001Three firemen and five policemen fainted and had to be carried away

2022Three firefighters and five police officers fainted and had to be carried away

2001Six more big strong men fainted when they saw him

2022Six more people fainted when they saw him

2001Then Miss Spider’s large black murderous-looking head

2022Then Miss Spider’s large murderous-looking head

2001going white as a sheet

2022looking terrified

2001among the firemen and the policemen on the rooftop

2022among the firefighters and the police officers on the rooftop

2001The men below just stood and stared and gaped

2022The people below just stood and stared and gaped

2001Policemen cried

2022Police cried out

2001And the Firemen smiled politely

2022And the firefighters smiled politely

2001The Earthworm, with his lovely pink skin, was employed by a company that made women’s face creams to speak commercials on the television

2022The Earthworm, with his lovely smooth skin, was employed by a company that made face-cream commercials on television

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2001Like all extremely old people, he was delicate and weak

2022Like most extremely old people, he was delicate and weak

2001“Tell Charlie about that crazy Indian prince,” said Grandma Josephine

2022“Tell Charlie about that ridiculously rich Indian prince,” said Grandma Josephine

2001“You mean Prince Pondicherry?” said Grandpa Joe, and he began chuckling with laughter. “Completely dotty, said Grandpa George. “But very rich,” said Grandma Georgina

2022“You mean Prince Puducherry?” said Grandpa Joe, and he began chuckling with laughter

2001“Prince Pondicherry wrote a letter to Mr Willy Wonka”

2022“Prince Puducherry wrote a letter to Mr Willy Wonka”

2001“The crazy prince”

2022“The prince”

2001A nine-year-old boy who was so enormously fat he looked as though he had been blown up with a powerful pump

2022A nine-year-old boy who was so enormous he looked as though he had been blown up with a powerful pump

2001Great flabby folds of fat bulged out from every part of his body, and his face was like a monstrous ball of dough

2022Great folds bulged out from every part of his body, and his face was like a ball of dough

2001Fully grown women

2022Fully grown people

2001“A hundred women working for me”

2022“A hundred people working for me”

2001“Okay, girls”

2022“Okay, folks”

2001“She needs a really good spanking”

2022“She needs a really good talking to”

2001“My mother says it’s not ladylike and it looks ugly to see a girl’s jaws going up and down like mine…”

2022“My mother says it’s undignified and it looks ugly to see jaws to be going up and down like mine…”

2001… shooting up another bunch of gangsters with machine guns

2022… shooting up another bunch of gangsters

2001Mike Teavee himself had no less than eighteen toy pistols of various sizes hanging from belts around his body, and every now and again he would leap up into the air and fire off half a dozen rounds from one or another of these weapons

2022Removed

2001“Especially when they start pumping each other full of lead, or flashing the old stilettos, or giving each other the one-two-three with their knuckledusters!”

2022“Especially when they start firing off their guns or giving each other the one-two-three with their knuckledusters!”

2001The man behind the counter looked fat and well-fed. He had big lips and fat cheeks and a very fat neck

2022Removed

2001The fat around his neck bulged out all around the top of his collar like a rubber ring

2022Removed

2001The fat shopkeeper shouted

2022The shopkeeper shouted

2001The fat shopkeeper said

2022The shopkeeper said

2001“Get all that mud off your pants!”

2022“Get all that mud off your trousers!”

2001Policemen with arms linked were trying to hold them back from the gates

2022Police officers with arms linked were trying to hold them back from the gates

2001All the children, except Charlie, had both their mothers and fathers with them

2022All the children, except Charlie, had their parents with them

2001“Who’s the big fat boy?”

2022Removed

2001“Enormous, isn’t he?”

2022Removed

2001“The picture of the Lone Range stencilled on his windcheater?”

2022“The picture of the Lone Ranger stencilled on his jacket”

2001“He must be crazy! Look at all those toy pistols he’s got hanging all over him”

2022Removed

2001“It’s moving! It’s walking! It’s a little person! It’s a little man!”

2022“A little person!”

2001“It is a little man! Can you see him?”

2022“It is a little person! Can you see them?”

2001“Aren’t they fantastic”

2022Removed

2001“No higher than my knee!”

2022Removed

2001“Look at their funny long hair!”

2022Removed

2001The tiny men - they were no larger than medium-sized dolls

2022The little people

2001“But they can’t be real people,” Charlie said

2022Removed

2001“Imported direct from Loompaland,” said Mr Wonka proudly

2022“They come from Loompaland”

2001“The Oompa-Loompas spent every moment of their days climbing through the treetops”

2022Removed

2001“Poor little Oompa-Loompas!”

2022Removed

2001“The bark of the bong-bong tree”

2022Removed

2001“You only had to mention the word “cacao” to an Oompa-Loompa and he would start dribbling at the mouth”

2022Removed

2001“As soon as I discovered that the Oompa-Loompas were crazy about this particular food”

2022“As soon as I discovered that the Oompa-Loompas loved this particular food”

2001“I climbed up to their tree-house village and poked my head in through the door of the tree house belonging to the leader of the tribe”

2022“I decided to speak to their leader”

2001“The poor little fellow, looking thin and starved, was sitting there…”

2022“The fellow was sitting there…”

2001“It’s a deal!” he cried. “Come on! Let’s go!”

2022“Let’s go and ask the others. But I think it’s a deal!” he cried. “Come on!”

2001“So I shipped them all over here - every man, woman, and child in the Oompa-Loompa tribe”

2022“So, they all agreed to come over - each and every Oompa-Loompa”

2001“It was easy. I smuggled them over in large packing cases with holes in them, and they all got here safely… They all speak English now”

2022“They’ve told me they love it here”

2001“They still wear the same kind of clothes they wore in the jungle. They insist upon that”

2022“They do like jokes”

2001“The men, as you can see for yourselves across the river, wear only deerskins. The women wear leaves, and the children wear nothing at all. The women use fresh leaves every day…”

2022Removed

2001“But Augustus was deaf to everything except the call of his enormous stomach”

2022“But Augustus was ignoring everything”

2001Mrs Gloop, going white in the face and waving her umbrella about

2022Mrs Gloop, waving her umbrella about

2001Mr Wonka turned around and clicked his finger sharply, click, click, click, three times

2022Removed

2001Immediately, an Oompa-Loompa appeared, as if from nowhere, and stood beside him

2022An Oompa-Loompa appeared, as if from no where, and stood beside him

2001The Oompa-Loompa bowed and smiled, showing beautiful white teeth. His skin was rosy-white, his hair was golden brown, and the top of his head came just above the height of Mr Wonka’s knee

2022Removed

2001He wore the usual deerskin slung over his shoulder

2022Removed

2001“Now listen to me,” said Mr Wonka, looking down at the tiny man.

2022“Now listen to me,” said Mr Wonka, looking down at the man.

2001“How long could we allow this beast/To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast/On everything he wanted to?/Great Scott! It simply wouldn’t do./However long this pig might live,/We’re positive he’d never give/Even the smallest bit of fun/Or happiness to anyone”

2022“For one such child as vile as he/Bad things happen, wait and see!/We cannot say we are surprised,/Augustus Gloop had been advised./ But then he took another sip/And now he’s going on a trip.

2001“So what we do in case such/As this, we use the gentle touch,?And carefully we take the brat/And turn him into something that/Will give great pleasure to us all -/A doll, for instance, or a ball,/Or marbles or a rocking horse”

2022“Cover your eyes and cross your toes,/Whoosh, swoosh and off he goes!”

2001“But this revolting boy, of course,/Was so unutterably vile,/So greedy, foul, and infantile,/He left a most disgusting taste/Inside our mouths, and so in haste/We chose a thing that, come what may./Would take the nasty taste away”

2022Removed

2001“She wants a good kick in the pants,” whispered Grandpa Joe

2022“She needs to learn some manners,” whispered Grandpa Joe

2001“He’s crazy!” they shouted. “He’s balmy.

2022“He’s barmy!” they shouted.

2001The Oompa-Loompas were all rowing like mad

2022The Oompa-Loompas were all rowing frantically

2001“I tried it on an Ooma-Loompa yesterday in the Testing Room”

2022“I tried it myself yesterday in the Testing Room”

2001“And when I do, then there’ll be no excuse anymore for little boys and girls going about with bald heads!”

2022“And when I do, everyone will have as much wonderful hair as they could wish for!”

2001“Little boys and girls never do go about with…”

2022“Little boys and girls don’t want to grow beards and moustaches…”

2001A few queer rumblings were heard

2022A few strange rumblings were heard

2001She shot out a fat hand

2022She shot out a hand

2001Her huge, well-trained jaws

2022Her well-trained jaws

2001Watching her huge rubbery lips

2022Watching her lips

2001“I’ve tried it twenty times in the Testing Room on twenty Oompa-Loompas and every one finished up as a blueberry.”

2022“I’ve tried it twenty times in the Testing Room and every time, someone finished up as a blueberry.”

2001“Thereafter, just from chewing gum,/Miss Bigelow was always dumb,/And spent her life shut up in some/Disgusting sanatorium”

2022Removed

2001“I gave some to an old Oompa-Loompa”

2022“I gave some to an Oompa-Loompa”

2001“The Oompa-Loompas all adore it. It makes them tiddly”

2022“The Oompa-Loompas all adore it”

2001“They’re as drunk as lords,” said Mr Wonka

2022Removed

2001Mrs Salt was a great fat creature with short legs, and she was blowing like a rhinoceros

2022Mrs Salt was so out of breath, she was blowing like a rhinoceros

2001He watched his fat wife go tumbling down the hole

2022He watched his wife go tumbling down the hole

2001Hundreds of Ooma-Loompa children no more than four inches high playing in the streets

2022Hundreds of Oompa-Loompa children playing in the streets

2001Charlie experienced a queer sense of danger

2022Charlie experienced a strange sense of danger

2001“But he’s a midget!” shouted Mr Teavee

2022“But he’s tiny!” shouted Mr Teavee

2001Waving his pistols in the air

2022Removed

2001He turned away and clicked his fingers three times in the air. An Oompa-Loompa appeared immediately

2022An Oompa-Loompa appeared and stood beside him

2001“Follow these orders,” said Mr Wonka

2022“Follow these instructions,” said Mr Wonka

2001Beating their tiny drums

2022Beating their drums

2001“Or better still, just don’t install/The idiotic thing at all”

2022Removed

2001Something crazy is going to happen now, Charlie thought

2022Something bizarre is going to happen now, Charlie thought

2001“He used to be fat! Now he’s thin as a straw!”

2022Removed

2001“How healthy she looks! Much better than before!”

2022“How healthy she looks!”

Fantastic Mr Fox

2001He was enormously fat.

2022He was enormous.

2001He was a kind of pot-bellied dwarf.

2022He was pot-bellied…

2001If any man were lurking in the shadows ahead…

2022If any person were lurking in the shadows ahead…

2001… the wind would carry the smell of that man…

2022… the wind would carry the smell of that person…

2001… the fumes of apple cider hang around him like poisonous gases.’

2022… the smell of apple cider hangs around him like poisonous fumes.’

2001… asked one of the Small Foxes. His round black eyes were huge with fright.

2022… asked one of the Small Foxes. Her round black eyes were huge with fright.

2001“Will there be dogs?” he said.

2022“Will there be dogs?” she said.

2001Bunce, the little pot-bellied dwarf, looked up at Bean…

2022Bunce looked up at Bean…

2001The machines were both black. They were murderous, brutal-looking monsters.

2022They were murderous, brutal-looking monsters.

2001“Keep going!” the fat Boggis shouted…

2022“Keep going!” Boggis shouted…

2001The tall skinny Bean…

2022Bean…

2001…and dwarfish pot-bellied Bunce…

2022… and Bunce…

2001… were driving their machines like maniacs…

2022… were driving their machines with wild abandon…

2001The fat Boggis was hopping about like a dervish…

2022Boggis was hopping about like a frog…

2001“You must be mad!”

2022Removed

2001“That makes one hundred and eight men altogether.”

2022“That makes one hundred and eight people altogether.”

2001Each man will have a gun and a flashlight.

2022Each person will have a person and a flashlight.

2001… and that night one hundred and eight men…

2022… and that night one hundred and eight people…

2001She was very weak.

2022Removed

2001“… if I described it to you now you would go crazy with excitement.”

2022“… if I described it to you now you would go wild with excitement.”

2001… chasing the stupid chickens.

2022… chasing the chickens.

2001The Small Fox ran back along the tunnel as fast as he could…

2022The Small Fox ran back along the tunnel as fast as she could…

2001He was exploding with joy.

2022She was exploding with joy.

2001… he kept thinking…

2022… she kept thinking…

2001He had a long way to run but he never stopped once…

2022She had a long way to run but she never stopped once

2001… and he came bursting in upon Mrs Fox.

2022and she came bursting in upon Mrs Fox.

2001… he cried, out of breath.

2022… she cried, out of breath.

2001A Small Badger (his son) dropped down after him.

2022A Small Badger dropped down after him.

2001… and all our wives and children.

2022and our families.

2001Even Weasel… is right now hiding down my hole with Mrs Weasel and six kids.

2022Even Weasel… is right now hiding down my hole with his family.

2001Badger sat down and put a paw around his small son.

2022Badger sat down and put a paw around the small badger.

2001“My poor wife up there is so weak she can’t dig another yard.”

2022Removed

2001“Nor can mine,” said Mr Fox. “And yet at this very minute she is preparing…”

2022“No, we’re not,” said Mr Fox, “At this very minute Mrs Fox is preparing…”

2001“… and you and Mole and Rabbit and Weasel and all your wives and children.”

2022“… and you and Mole and Rabbit and Weasel and all your families.”

2001… your small son can run back…

2022… your little one can run back…

2001… and he scrambled quickly back through the hole in the roof of the tunnel and disappeared.

2022Scrambling quickly back through the hole in the roof of the tunnel, the little badger disappeared.

2001which belongs to that nasty little pot-bellied dwarf, Bunce

2022… which belongs to that nasty Bunce.

2001“… you’ll never see finer geese than these in a king’s kitchen…”

2022“… you’ll never see finer geese than these in a royal kitchen…”

2001“What a thoughtful little fellow you are!”

2022“What a thoughtful little fox you are.”

2001“Tell her it must be a truly great feast…”

2022“Tell her it will be a truly great feast…”

2001…said the only Small Fox now left. He was the Smallest Fox of them all.

2022… said the only Small Fox now left. She was the Smallest Fox of them all.

2001“You saucy beast!”

2022“You trickster!”

2001“Oh, Dad!” he cried out.

2022“Oh, Dad!” she cried out.

2001(The Smallest Fox drinks the cider) the Smallest Fox had sneaked a jar off the shelf and had taken a gulp

2022(The Smallest Fox smells the cider) the Smallest Fox had sneaked a jar off the shelf and had removed the stopper.

2001“Wow!” he gasped. “Wowee!”

2022“Wow” she gasped at the smell “Wowee!”

2001“Ah-h-h-h-h-h!” gasped the Smallest Fox. “This is some cider!”

2022“Ah-h-h-h-h-h!” gasped the Smallest Fox, about to take a sip. “This is some cider!”

2001… they saw a huge woman…

2022… they saw a woman…

2001… up the long home stretch towards the place where they knew Mrs Fox would be waiting.

2022… and then up the long home stretch towards the foxes’ home.

2001“That ought to cheer up poor Mrs Fox.”

2022“That ought to cheer up Mrs Fox.”

2001Oh poor Mrs Badger, he cried,’

2022Dear Mrs Badger, he cried,’

2001… and Mr Fox and Badger and the Smallest Fox sat down with the others.

2022… and Mr Fox and Badger and the Smallest Fox sat down with their families.

2001“I therefore invite you all,” Mr Fox went on, “to stay here with me for ever.”

2022“I therefore invite you all,” Mr Fox went on, “to stay here with us for ever.”

2001“And every day we will eat like kings.”

2022“And every day we will eat like royalty.”

The BFG

2001It was something black…

2022It was something dark…

2001It was something tall and black…

2022It was something tall and dark…

2001Something very tall and very black and very thin.

2022Something very tall and very dark and very thin.

2001The tall black figure

2022The tall dark figure

2001Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long pale wrinkly face

2022Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long wrinkly face

2001enormous long pale wrinkly face

2022enormous long wrinkly face

2001The flashing black eyes

2022The flashing eyes

2001a huge hand with pale fingers came snaking in

2022a huge hand came sneaking in

2001felt strong fingers grasping hold of her, and then

2022Removed

2001enormous long pale wrinkly face

2022enormous long wrinkly face

2001Sophie’s sense of patriotism was suddenly so bruised by this remark that she became quite angry

2022Sophie’s sense of patriotism was a bit bruised by this remark and she became quite cross

2001Greeks is all full of uckyslush. No giant is eating Greeks, ever.’ ‘Why not?’ Sophie asked. ‘Greeks from Greece is all tasting greasy,” the Giant said.

2022Removed

2001and their skins were burnt brown by the sun

2022and their skins were burnt by the sun

2001And oh how ugly they were!

2022Removed

2001Japanese beans is very small, so a giant will need to gobble up about six Japanese beans before he is feeling full up. Others like the Norway people and the Yankee-Doodles is ever so much bigger and usually two or three of those makes a good tuck-in.

2022Removed

2001up to the frisby north to get himself an Esquimo or two

2022up to the frisby north to get himself an Inuit or two

2001A nice fat Esquimo

2022A nice Inuit

2001“I’ll take your word for it,” Sophie said.

2022Removed

2001“And then again, if it is a frosty night and the giant is fridging with cold, he will probably point his nose towards the swultering hotlands to guzzle a few Hottentots to warm him up.” “How perfectly horrible,” Sophie said. “Nothing hots a cold giant up like a hot Hottentot,” the BFG said.

2022Removed

2001mother and father

2022parents

2001“I don’t have a mother or a father”

2022“I don’t have parents”

2001“You is deaf as a dumpling compared with me!”

2022Removed

2001It was about half as long again as an ordinary man

2022It was about half as long again as a human being

2001“But couldn’t your mother have taught you?”

2022“But couldn’t your parents have taught you?”

2001“My mother!” cried the BFG. “Giants don’t have mothers!”

2022“My parents!” cried the BFG. “Giants don’t have parents!”

2001“Whoever heard of a woman giant”” shouted the BFG waving the snozzcumber around his head like a lasso. “There was never a woman giant! And there will never be one. Giant is always men!”

2022Removed

2001“After all, you is only a tiny little girl’.

2022“After all, you is only a titchy human bean”

2001He was naked except for a dirty little piece of cloth around his bottom

2022Removed

2001His skin was reddish-brown

2022Removed

2001The eyes were tiny black holes

2022The eyes were tiny holes

2001The nose was small and flat

2022The nose was small

2001It was not in the least difficult to believe that this ghastly brute ate men, women and children every night

2022It was not in the least difficult to believe that this ghastly brute ate people every night

2001Esquimos

2022Inuits

2001Esquimo

2022Inuit

2001All of them had piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips

2022All of them had piggy little eyes and enormous mouths

2001“Mucky little midget!”

2022“Mucky little man!”

2001“Everybody is making his own rules to suit himself.”

2022“Everybody is making their own rules to suit themself.”

2001“Do you have separate dreams for boys and girls?” Sophie asked. “Of course, the BFG said. “If I is giving a girl’s dream to a boy, even if it was a really whoppsy girl’s dream, the boy would be waking up and thinking what a rotbungling grinksludging old dream that was.” “Boys would,” Sophie said. “These here is all the girls’ dreams on this shelf,” the BFG said.”

2022Removed

2001“Can I read a boy’s dream?”

2022“Can I read more dreams?”

2001The label on the nearest boy’s-dream jar read as follows

2022The label on the nearest dream jar read as follows

2001“I find that one rather silly,” Sophie said. “Boys wouldn’t,” the BFG said.

2022“I find that one rather silly,” Sophie said. “Some wouldn’t”.

2001“Let me read another boy’s one,” Sophie said.

2022“Let me read another one,” Sophie said.

2001Then his face goes white

2022Then his face goes sweaty

2001I understand Sir but surely it is me you is wishing to speke to not my little son?”

2022I understand Sir but surely it is me you is wishing to speke to not my little daughter?”

2001My father’s face is going from white to dark purpel

2022My father’s face is turning dark purpel

2001Yes Sir very well Sir I will get him Sir”

2022“Yes Sir very well Sir I will get her sir”

2001“Boys are crazy,” Sophie said.

2022“That one was weird,” Sophie said.

2001snatching little boys and girls from their beds

2022snatching little children from their beds

2001and pullling the little boys and girls out of their beds

2022and pulling the children out of their beds

2001“A lot of little girlsies and boysies is no longer sleeping in their beds tonight”

2022“A lot of little chiddlers is no longer sleeping in their beds tonight”

2001flattening his tall, thin, black-cloaked body against the side of the building

2022flattening his tall, thin, cloaked body against the side of the building

2001A little orphan of no real importance in the world

2022Removed

2001I dreamed that girls and boys

2022I dreamed that children

2001“Mary! You’ve gone white as a sheet! Are you feeling ill?”

2022“Mary! You’ve gone still as a statue! Are you feeling ill?”

2001Why did you go white as a ghost all of a sudden?

2022Why did you go so still all of a sudden?

2001But the bit about the girls and boys disappearing from their dormitories

2022But the bit about the children disappearing from their dormitories

2001Queer

2022Funny

2001She simply sat there staring wide-eyed and white-faced at the small girl

2022She simply sat there staring wide-eyed at the small girl

2001She had not been trained to cope with this kind of madness

2022She had not been trained to cope with this kind of event

2001Because this is surely not far from the place where madness begins

2022Because this is surely not far from the place where one’s mind is lost

2001except her faithful old Mary

2022except her faithful Mary

2001“As they is galloping past my cave, Fleshlumpeater is waving his arms and shouting at me, “I is off to Baghdad and mum and every one of their ten children as well!’”

2022Removed

2001Get me the Lord Mayor of Baghdad,” she said. “If they don’t have a Lord Mayor, get me the next best thing,”

2022“Get me the Mayor of Baghdad,” she said.

2001Here is the Sultan of Baghdad speaking,” the voice said.

2022“Here is the Mayor of Baghdad speaking,” the voice said

2001“Listen, Sultan,” the Queen said.

2022“Listen, Mayor,” the Queen said.

2001“Every night unpleasant things are happening in Baghdad,” the Sultan said. “We are chopping off people’s heads like you are chopping parsley.” “I’ve never chopped parsley in my life,” said the Queen.

2022Removed

2001“Only my uncle, Caliph Haroun al Rashid,” the Sultan said.

2022“Only my uncle,’ the Mayor said.

2001“He disappeared from his bed three nights ago together with his wife and ten children.”

2022“He disappeared from his bed three nights ago together with his wife and children.”

2001the Sultan

2022the Mayor

2001“Fleshlumpeater did that one! He went to Baghdad to bag dad and mum and all the little kiddles.”

2022“Fleshlumpeater did that one!”

2001to explain the situation to the military men

2022to explain the situation to the military

2001“How?” the two military men said together.

2022“How?” the Head of the Air Force said.

2001“Hold your horseflies! Keep your skirts on! I think I has the answer to the maiden’s hair!”

2022“Hold your horseflies! I think I has the answer to the maiden’s hair!”

2001“Your majesty! He cried. “We are dealing with a lunatic!”

2022“Your majesty!” He cried. “This is unbelievable!”

2001“BFG,” she said, “would you please tell these rather dim-witted characters exactly what to do.”

2022“BFG,” she said, “would you please tell them exactly what to do”.

2001The military men

2022The military personnel

2001Then, turning to the two military men

2022Then, turning to the two military personnel

2001“Go forward, men!” the head of the Army said.

2022“Go forward!” the Head of the Army said,

2001There were six well-trained efficient men

2022There were six well-trained efficient people

2001The Fleshlumpeater opened his tiny piggy black eyes

2022The Fleshlumpeater opened his tiny piggy eyes

2001Ten thousand men and ten thousand machines

2022Ten thousand people and ten thousand machines

2001“You are not very well educated but you really are nobody’s fool, I can see that.”

2022Removed

2001Every country in the world that has been visited by the foul man-eating giants

2022Every country in the world that has been visited by the foul human-eating giants

2001Kings and Presidents and Prime Ministers and Rulers of every kind

2022Kings and Queens and Presidents and Rulers of every kind

2001at the nine horrendous man-eating giants

2022at the nine horrendous human-eating giants

2001Three silly men who had drunk too much beer for lunch

2022Three silly people who had drunk too much beer for lunch

2001The BFG expressed a wish to learn how to speak properly, and Sophie, who loved him as she would a father, volunteered to give him lessons every day

2022According to the BFG’s wishes, Sophie, who loved him as she would a father, taught him how to spell and write sentences

The Enormous Crocodile

2001fat juicy little child

2022juicy little child

2001fat juicy little child

2022juicy little child

2001We eat little boys and girls

2022We eat little children

2001Even the man who was working the roundabout jumped off it

2022Even the person who was working the roundabout jumped off it

2001Their mother had said they could go out

2022Their parents had said they could go out

Esio Trot

2001Tortoises used to be brought into England by the thousand, packed in crates, and they came mostly from North Africa.

2022Tortoises used to be brought into England by the thousand. They came from lots of different countries, packed in crates.

2001But not many years ago a law was passed that made it illegal to bring any tortoises into the country

2022But many years ago a law was passed that made it illegal to bring any tortoises into the UK

2001This balcony belonged to an attractive middle-aged lady called Mrs Silver.

2022This balcony belonged to a kind middle-aged lady called Mrs Silver.

2001… like saving her life or rescuing her from a gang of armed thugs…

2022… like saving her life or rescuing her from a gang of armed robbers…

2001Try to think how miserable it must make him feel to be so titchy! Everyone wants to grow up.

2022Try to think how miserable it must make him feel! Everyone wants to grow up.

2001“That’s where all these tortoises in England come from, and a bedouin tribesman told me the secret”

2022“That’s where some of these tortoises in England come from, and a local person told me the secret”

2001“I beg you to tell me Mr Hoppy! I’ll be your slave for life.”

2022“I beg you to tell me Mr Hoppy! You’ll be my hero for life.”

2001When he heard the words your slave for life, a little shiver of excitement swept through Mr Hoppy.

2022When he heard the words my hero for life, a little shiver of excitement swept through Mr Hoppy.

2001“Tortoises are very backwards creatures. Therefore they can only understand words that are written backwards.”

2022“They can only understand words that are written backwards.”

2001Your slave for life, he kept repeating to himself. What bliss!

2022My hero for life, he kept repeating to himself. What bliss!

2001“You never know,” Mr Hoppy said darkly. “You never know.”

2022“You never know,” Mr Hoppy said mysteriously. “You never know.”

2001They are actually growing taller every week, but their mothers never notice it until they grow out of their clothes.

2022They are actually growing taller every week, but their parents never notice it until they grow out of their clothes.

2001A few weeks later, Mrs Silver became Mrs Hoppy and the two of them lived very happily ever after.

2022A few weeks later, they got married and the two of them lived very happily ever after.

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