The enduring appeal of the writer Hilaire Belloc’s “Cautionary Tales for Children” defies explanation. First published in London, in , with. There was a Boy whose name was Jim;. His Friends were very good to him. They gave him Tea, and Cakes, and Jam,. And slices of delicious. The Lights went out! The Windows broke! The Room was filled with reeking smoke. And in the darkness shrieks and yells. Were mingled with.

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First penned nearly a century ago, the sort of story that Belloc cautionxry continues to be written today and read to youngsters, but readers who are more sophisticated will better appreciate these tales of disproportionate punishment. Children are whimsically eaten by lions or consigned to life as a bootblack for their sins-or, by contrast, a boy who fires a loaded gun at his sister is reprimanded sternly.

Gorey’s artfully antiquated style exactly fits Belloc’s writing and brings this edition to life-a single pen-and-ink line shows the sister’s satisfaction at hearing her brother called to task. The previously unpublished illustrations meticulously convey texture, such as the clothing of the blloc physicians called in to help poor Henry King who swallowed string, and the expressions of the self-satisfied adults seem so earnestly and seriously drawn as to make the whole that much more humorous.

The art ta,es refined and genteel-never gory. Teenagers will enjoy this quick and cathartic read.

Cautionary Tales for Children, by Hilaire Belloc : Jim,

Gorey didn’t just illustrate these tales by major English literatus Belloc; he is credited with rediscovering them.

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Showing talss 61 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Nice volume, but woefully incomplete. My rating is missing a few stars, for this book is missing a few chapters.

It’s abridged, though you won’t find that in the beloc or anywhere on the actual volume itself. Jim, Who ran away from beoloc Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion. Matilda, Who told Lies, and was Burned to Death. Hildebrand, Who was frightened by a Passing Motor, and was brought to Reason. However, the proper, full text by Hilaire Belloc, also ought include the following additional four stories or five, depending on how you count poor Bbelloc.

The last of which stories, about Charles, seems not to fit with Gorey’s somewhat gory themed books, for it contains the lone story of redemption, a lone example of exemplary virtue in a child. It’s nice to end on a high note. My favorite story, that of Rebecca who perished miserably you will have to get from a different volume.

You can cautiobary the full thing on Project Gutenberg’s website, for the story with original illustrations is out of copyright. I love this book by Hilaire Belloc. I loved his poems as a child and bought this book to give to a friend’s child so he can also enjoy Belloc’s poetry and cautionary tales.

Unfortunately this particular publishing is extremely disappointing and substandard. The catuionary and image placement is careless and unprofessional. Titles of the poems are not formatted to with spaces or page breaks and in some cases are not even on the same page as the poem.

The text does not always appear with the corresponding image. The talse have been scanned and reproduced in very poor resolution and are pixelated. I’m extremely disappointed and will have to reorder another version.

Cuationary Edition Verified Purchase. The introduction in poem form says it all. Is this book true? And is it True? It is not True.

And if it were it wouldn’t do, For people such as me and you Who pretty nearly all day long Are doing something rather wrong. Because if things were really so, You would have perished long ago.

These poems are “not the nicest things you ever saw. But the children may enjoy them and laugh along, for they know that life isn’t all peaches and cream.

I mean, a disobedient boy named Jim being eaten by a lion at the zoo, beginning at the boy’s feet and working upward! Let that be a lesson to you, young reader, not to be disobedient. Stick with your parents when they tell you to do so. How about Henry King who chewed and swallowed string? Why, he became all tied up in beelloc inside and the physicians couldn’t do anything about it.


So the poor boy died. And the time she again cried FIRE when there was a fire–well, guess the rest. So if you and your kids can stand to face reality, this book has it in singing cadence, clever rhymes and spades what you use to dig graves with.

Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales For Children, originally cutionary inis a collection of tongue in cautoinary poems that would likely send today’s political correctness enforcers into full out frenzy. As one example, the first poem is about a young boy visiting the zoo with his nanny. The kid disobeys his nanny and, as a direct consequence of his disobedience, gets eaten by one of the zoo’s lions. The book is a classic. The only problem with this free download is that it only includes the text; it leaves out the original Blackwood illustrations and the later Edward Gorey illustrations, both of which which definitely added an extra something special to Belloc’s great writing.

Belloc’s poems are great but the original Blackwood and the later Edward Gorey illustrations complement the poetry very well. If you’re not familiar with this classic book, download this free Kindle version to check it out. If you and the kids in your life like Belloc’s verse, then buy a print or e-book version with the original Blackwood or Edward Gorey illustrations. One wonders who, with options wide would name their screaming, new born baby Clyde?

Or Even Hilaire — a name so florid, French, and rude, Seems pre-destined to start a feud. Or Inspire a Belle Edward of francs and also quids, to scribble moral poems to reckless, dirty kids. But Scribble poems Hilaire he did, and books and also letters, This funny man Belloc bflloc often best his betters. Belloc would be angry with this: More seriously, the transcribers have omitted parts of verses, thereby destroying Belloc’s couplets.

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