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.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A short book of 'cautionary' poems for children, in the spirit of "Where the Sidewalk Ends". Some of the poems are better than others, for instance, "Matilda, Who told lies, and was Burned to Death."
Cute stories, but I was hoping for pictures...no pictures in this one. A co-worker has an original book with the pictures that she has offered to let me see.