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CAUTIONARY VERSES by [Belloc, Hilaire]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 29128 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0ALXCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Charles M. Strauss on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most of the appreciators of Hilaire Belloc's comic verse for children, I first came to these wonderfully droll verses as an adult (I was brought up on Samuel Hoffenstein and Ogden Nash), but I have grown to love them as if I had known them since my earliest years (hey, that's the start of "Lord Lundy"). In his "Beasts", "Cautionary Tales" and "Peers" verses, Belloc achieves a delightful synthesis of the fearless straight-ahead gaze of childhood (in the tradition of "The Story of Augustus, Who Would Not Eat His Soup") with the style of absolutely dead-pan English humor (e.g. Stephen Potter's "Gamesmanship"). Do not neglect the verses in "Peers" and "More Peers"; "Lord Hippo" and "Lord Lucky" are the equal of "Matilda" and "Jim". Note for Lord Peter fans: Dorothy L. Sayers has Peter Wimsey quote several times from these Belloc poems.
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Format: Paperback
I was very young when I was given my first copy of this book and I have never managed to forget any of the characters or their crimes. I think most of us know of 'Matilda' who "told such dreadful lies, it made one gasp and stretch ones eyes" but I fear that few know what befell 'Rebecca' who slammed doors or 'Jim' who ran away. More importantly our children are wholly unaware of the consequences of misbehaving. This is a wonderful book full of illustrations and verse designed to amuse and caution us all and leaves us with a moral tale of 'Charles', who shows us "what Everybody might become by simply doing right."
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Format: Hardcover
My favorite is "Jim, Who Ran Away from his Nurse and Was Eaten by a Lion." I laughed til I cried. Another winner is "Henry King, Who Chewed Bits of String and Died in Dreadful Agony." Occasionally I read excerpts aloud to guests--they all laugh hysterically. This book was a gift from the same family friend (with a Harvard PhD in English) who brought Tom Leher's irreverent songs to my attention. Intelligent, clever and great fun! Kids (and adults) like a bit of pretend gore and silliness.
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Format: Paperback
I learnt lots of these poems as a child in school - perhaps I had a teacher with a wicked and somewhat warped sense of humour! And I have never forgotten how wonderful they are. My personal favourite is about poor Jim, who gets into so much trouble, but the others are equally delightful.
These gleefully moral tales are never out of date. Children will be naughty, and a good rhyme has a timelessness of its own. Share them with your own children and be amused together!
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. It is small and pocket-sized so my children can handle it very easily. This book is advertized as being a hardcover when it actually is not. It is still worth it to get it, though.
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By A Customer on July 19, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Outrageous, yet, delivering a straight-forward moral lesson, Belloc's cautionary tales are classic.
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Format: Hardcover
This delightfully sick book contains mostly verses of Children dying. His poetry is the work of pure genius and I have often wondered how he comes up these themes. I remember the first time reading this book, I was brought back to my childhood days of Edward Gorey. This is definately a book for the "sick and twisted" kid-in-you to read. The only reason I had to stop reading my copy of his book is because I started to loss some of the pages. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone old enough to be a twisted kid.
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I grew up with these verses. My paternal grandparents had a volume of them in their library. Even today I can quote almost all of "Matilda, who told lies and was burned to death" without prompting. I loved them as a child, and now as a senior adult, they still resonate with me. I don't particularly mind the small size of this book, but I have deducted one star because most of the original illustrations I recall from the original book are missing from this edition.
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