Friday, January 6, 2012

Cautionary Tales for Children

Written by: Hilaire Belloc

First line: There was a boy whose name was Jim; His friends were very good to him.

Why you should read this book: Written in irreverent verese and illustrated by the inimitable faux-Victorian pen of Edward Gorey, these bizarre cautionary tales lay out the horrible penalties deserved by those young children who insist upon engaging in naughtiness. Jim runs away from his nurse and is devoured by a lion; Matilda prank calls the fire department and dies in a fire. A little harmless fun for kids who will be naughty, or just enjoying thinking about naughtiness.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Horrible, violent deaths for children.

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