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Cautionary Tales for Children

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Publisher Comments:

Known as a central figure in English literature, Hilaire Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and clever admonishments for children. The tales in this volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey, contain instructive lessons for almost everyone.

For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly be comforted by the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death." And as for those of us--and our children--who tend to the vainglorious, there is the sobering tale of Godolphin Horne, "who was cursed with the sin of pride and became a boot-black."

Witty, brilliant, and strikingly irreverent.

Review:

"Gorey gets credit for 're-discovering' these early 20th-century verses, but they have appeared previously in several collections or single editions. Still, his gothic sensibility made him the perfect illustrator for them, and Lemony Snicket fans will undoubtedly swoon with delight." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

For readers of any age, a witty and strikingly irreverent collection of moral guidance
 
Most notable among prolific English satirist Hilaire Belloc's writings are the sharp and clever admonishments he composed for children. Collected here and illustrated to wonderful haunting effect by Edward Gorey, these short, funny pieces offer moral instruction for all types of mischief makers—from a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion," to the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death”—and add up to a delightful read for any fan of Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein. 

Synopsis:

Known as a central figure in English literature, Hilaire Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and clever admonishments for children. The tales in this volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey, contain instructive lessons for almost everyone. For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly be comforted by the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death." And as for those of us--and our children--who tend to the vainglorious, there is the sobering tale of Godolphin Horne, "who was cursed with the sin of pride and became a boot-black." Witty, brilliant, and strikingly irreverent.

About the Author

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the most prolific and provocative writers of his time. The author of dozens of titles on widely varying subjects, his work includes poetry, fiction, social commentary, biography, and history.

Born in Chicago, Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was one of the most renowned artists and writers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151007158
Author:
Gorey, Edward
Author:
Belloc, Hilaire
Illustrator:
Gorey, Edward
Author:
Gorey, Edward
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
Poetry - Humorous
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Cartooning
Subject:
Children's poetry, English
Subject:
Limericks & verse
Subject:
Children's poetry
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
331-090, 331-137
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 black-and-white illustrations through
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 0.88 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 72 pages Harcourt - English 9780151007158 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gorey gets credit for 're-discovering' these early 20th-century verses, but they have appeared previously in several collections or single editions. Still, his gothic sensibility made him the perfect illustrator for them, and Lemony Snicket fans will undoubtedly swoon with delight."
"Synopsis" by ,
For readers of any age, a witty and strikingly irreverent collection of moral guidance
 
Most notable among prolific English satirist Hilaire Belloc's writings are the sharp and clever admonishments he composed for children. Collected here and illustrated to wonderful haunting effect by Edward Gorey, these short, funny pieces offer moral instruction for all types of mischief makers—from a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion," to the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death”—and add up to a delightful read for any fan of Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein. 
"Synopsis" by , Known as a central figure in English literature, Hilaire Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and clever admonishments for children. The tales in this volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey, contain instructive lessons for almost everyone. For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly be comforted by the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death." And as for those of us--and our children--who tend to the vainglorious, there is the sobering tale of Godolphin Horne, "who was cursed with the sin of pride and became a boot-black." Witty, brilliant, and strikingly irreverent.
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