From Publishers Weekly
Parents who will stop at nothing to make their children behave may want to present this Victorian cautionary talein good spirit, of course. Belloc's Jim is very well provided for in his self-controlled parents' home. The naughty boy defects, though, running away from Nurse, and is eaten by a zoo lion. Chess's art shows off the splendor of indoor life in those days: trim, warm interiors with a la mode wallpaper and draperies. She also presents very personable zoo bears, ant-eaters, Ponto the lion and a very veracious zookeeper. The images herein (Jim's gulp by gulp journey into the lion; his head rolling around on the pavement) make a lasting impressionbeware cautionary tales! Ages 7-up.
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–In this parody of a cautionary tale, a lion eats disobedient young Jim. While the text states that Jim's “Friends were very good to him,” the mixed-media illustrations show otherwise, as the adults who care for the boy overfeed him to the point of illness, give him a tricycle too small for him, and subject him to boring read-alouds. No wonder “Jim slipped his hand and ran away” while his nurse flirted with a man at the zoo. The moral? “…always keep a-hold of Nurse/For fear of finding something WORSE.” Wryly humorous, cartoon illustrations with foldout pages, flaps, and a pop-up lion extend the sarcastic text. Some adults may object to the depiction of Jim's decapitated head and the bloody “Dainty Morsel” in the lion's mouth, but kids with an ironic sense of humor who are beginning to question adult authority will likely eat this story up.Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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