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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hilaire…

The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896)

by Hilaire Belloc

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    Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes by Harry Graham (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Belloc's book is better-known than Graham's, which shouldn't perhaps be the case.. The Dover Ruthless is a nice little edition containing illustrations from the original one. And I see Struwwelpeter has already been recommended; It's the real thing, none of this gentle Edwardian larking about: if you are about to buy it, go for the Feral House edition with its very interesting extras.… (more)

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This is a collection of poetry about animals, that plays and teases, with rhyme and wit. It's engaging words and vocabulary go well with the goofy, simplistic animation and give us a look into the humor of the past.
  npetzold | Dec 8, 2015 |
This is a pop up style children's book published recently (relatively) in 1987, whereas the verses were copyrighted by Hillaire Belloc in 1896, so they are well over 100 years old. The illustrations are by Wallace Tripp. The book comprises ten poems , all on an animal theme as in Dodo,Baboon, Frog , Lion , Tiger, Polar Bear, elephant, whale and what will happen to the good or bad children who encounter these creatures. The blurb says the book will delight families, but the poems are likely to appeal to parents with a wicked sense of humor and the ilustrations will delight little ones with busy fingers ready to pull tags and turn wheels and observe the Victorian family disappear into the tiger's tummy. There is a cautionary message here. I've read the poems to my 5 and 3 year old grandchildren and the humor, wit and dark sarcasm of the poems were lost on their young minds but they loved the illustrations and the activity. The poems and others of Belloc need to be discovered by the children on their own perhaps when a few years older. Tripp's drawings are a delight and worth looking for other books with his illustrations.

Belloc is an interesting author and together with Shaw, Chesterton and Wells was regarded as the four greats of Edwardian literature. Belloc lived by his journalism and writing; he was argumentative and took on Wells. He was Anglo- French (with dual nationality), married an American and lived ( promoted and adored) Sussex. He had a long life and lived until 1953. He served in the French army but sadly his own son was killed in the first world war. He was a committed and passionate Catholic and battled his faith through life's vicissitudes . In his lifetime he was accused of anti semitism but his was a case of a dislike of Jews in general and a fierce defence of Jews in particular . He was an opponent of Fascism. Today his writing is not well liked and as with those other Edwardian contemporaries, the writing is prolific but dated and somewhat archaic. He addressed the issues of his day . There are parallels with Kipling but Kipling is far more popular and collectable today and there is a Kipling society and his house, Batemans is preserved. Belloc did influence Roald Dahl whose humour is also quirky, dark , with a moral biting message and appeals to the adults who read his books to their chikdren. I wonder if Dahl's Matilda was derived from Belloc's Matilda " who told lies and was burnt to death" . Not everyone likes Dahl but I am a fan and all of the tatty Penguin paperbacks had to be saved by our children for their own children.

How ironic that it is the children's poetry of Belloc which should be republished for a new generation. You can find Belloc poems on the web ... A poem for each month.

Most appealing from a collecting perspective is the theme of pop up books ; keep a discerning eye out for nice quality examples and make a collection . This book fits into that category. ( )
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Belloc, Hilaireprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Humorous and cautionary verses about such animals as the whale, the polar bear, the frog, the dodo, and the yak.

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Humorous and cautionary verses about such animals as the whale, the polar bear, the frog, the dodo, and the yak.

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