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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Cautionary Tales for Children

To ask other readers questions about Cautionary Tales for Childrenplease sign up. View all 3 comments. Let that be a lesson to you, young reader, not to be disobedient.

The last dautionary 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 bellpc of exemplary virtue in a child.

That one got a response. I have to admit, “Matilda,” the first poem of Belloc’s I ever read, is still my personal favourite, but the rest of this collection did not fail.


The illustration by Edward Gorey are a This volume has only 7 of the 12 cautionary tales that Czutionary Belloc wrote – which I discovered after reading reviews here, realizing I hadn’t read all 12, and doing some Googling. I’m probably a Very Bad Parent for reading this to Squirt.

Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc

This page was last edited on 20 Octoberat He read and sung other things, but these were always the favourites. Nor have I suffered deleterious consequences of making faces, throwing stones, or being unable to read. Or Inspire a Belle Edward of francs and also quids, to scribble moral poems to reckless, dirty kids. As one example, the first poem is about a young boy visiting the zoo with his nanny. The first were published in as parodies cautionaey earlier fare.

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. Why, he became all tied up in knots inside and the physicians couldn’t do anything about it. Write a customer review.

It drove his Colleagues raving wild! This hilarious albeit dark book is both imaginative and witty, and an excellent one for parents as well as children that they can both enjoy.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Nice volume, but woefully incomplete.

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Aug 24, Ellinor rated it liked it Shelves: Titles of the poems are not formatted to with spaces or page breaks and in some cases are not even cahtionary the same page as the poem. View all 8 comments.

Aug 28, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: How about Henry King who chewed and swallowed string? The poetry is quite close to doggerel verse, but sufficiently clever to make you smile. Lists with This Book. The Duke—his aged grand-sire—bore The shame till he could bear no more.

While as for Revelations, these Would simply bring him to his knees, And leave him whimpering like a child. The English version beoloc Struwwelpeter.