Tales of the Unexpected

This is a photoshoot that was in UK Vogue last year. Roald Dahl was my favourite author when I was younger (I still love him now!) and I think that a shoot based on his stories is a fantastic idea! It also features Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter, who I love. Tim Burton is one of my three favourite directors (the other two are Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino. But I digress...). You've probably seen bits of it around the internetz, but I hope you enjoy seeing it here!

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, "May I come in?"
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
"He's going to eat me up!" she cried.
And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, "That's not enough!
I haven't yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!"
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
"I've got to have a second helping!"
Then added with a frightful leer,
"I'm therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood."
He quickly put on Grandma's clothes,
(Of course he hadn't eaten those).
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes, and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma's chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,
"What great big ears you have, Grandma."
"All the better to hear you with," the Wolf replied.
"What great big eyes you have, Grandma."said Little Red Riding Hood.
"All the better to see you with," the Wolf replied.
He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I'm going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She's going to taste like caviar.
Then Little Red Riding Hood said, "But Grandma,what a lovely great big furry coat you have on."
"That's wrong!" cried Wolf. "Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I'm going to eat you anyway."
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, "Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
Roald Dahl


  1. Woah, I 've not seen this editorial before... It's just amazing! Love the way it links in with the story. Those dresses are phenomenal!

    Bambola x

  2. YUM, that was SUCH an amazing shoot.

  3. Have you seen the trailer for Tim Burton's new movie called "9"?


  4. I only wish I could recognize all the allusions!

  5. PS: I've linked you on my blog too!

  6. Bambola - It's gorgeous, isn't it?
    Em - I know! I thought you would like it :)
    Anon - No, I haven't heard anything about it! Will check it out!
    cuileann - It has some of the quotes from the stories on the pages, but I only recognise the obvious ones like the glass elevator from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Little Red Riding Hood!
    Bucca - Thanks lovely!

  7. aaaahh, these are INCREDIBLE! I've loved Roald Dahl since I was really little :D

  8. ohh, that shoot was TOO GOOD. i think my favourite is the twits, with the big eyeballs, or, no, the elevator, oh, i can't decide!

    (sorry, bit behind the 8-ball, just stumbled across your blog! tres cool.)


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