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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; New edition edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224030736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224030731
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gorgeous new edition of this hilarious classic anthology of moral instruction! (1993-03-08)

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The Chief Defect of Henry King

Was chewing little bits of String.

At last he swallowed some which tied

Itself in ugly knots inside …

Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Verses were first published in 1939. 416 pages of moral instruction! Seven books in one! 381 inspiring pictures! These were the tongue-in-cheek selling points for what was to become a classic anthology.

In this edition, which retains the charm of the original format, Quentin Blake’s characteristically quirky pictures are set alongside the original illustrations by B.T.B., and add a new vigour to Belloc’s verse. It will be welcomed by Belloc aficionados throughout the English-speaking world, as well as introducing the wit and elegance of one of the twentieth century’s most popular poets to a whole new readership.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was born in France of part-French Catholic ancestry, and educated at Newman’s Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1909, and again in 1910, he was Liberal MP for Salford. He was literary editor of the Morning Post from 1906 to 1910, founder of Eye-witness (1911) and author of innumerable essays and reviews. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics. The best remembered of his prose works include The Path to Rome (1902), Mr Clutterbuck’s Election (1908), The Servile State (1912), The Cruise of the Nona (1925) and Belinda (1928).


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ellenvannin on 12 April 2008
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These tales of woe are quite brilliant. I'd heard one read on the radio and had to get the book. HOWEVER, you may notice Amazon offers you a buy together deal with a smarter, hardback book. Their content is the same - pick one!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sasha Lubetkin on 14 Jan 2010
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Anyone - adult or child - who hasn't read these gloriously witty and cynical verses is missing a great treat.

I bought this book to replace one that I had when I was a child, and it was with enormous pleasure that I re-read those verses that I hadn't already committed to memory.

I'm too old to learn verse by heart now, but this is a wonderful book for a child whose memory is a sponge, soaking up all sorts of things with the greatest of ease.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caro on 4 Mar 2013
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I had this book as a child, now enjoying it all over again reading with my nieces ( and on my own if I'm honest ) One of those books that will never age!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. E. Collier on 25 Aug 2012
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These poems were written in Victorian and Edwardian time, but they always had fascination to me as a child, Matilda and Eustace particularly. As an older adult I decided to revisit them, and found them on Amazon, and they still hold their charm and fun for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gainsie on 15 Mar 2012
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Had this book as a child and my copy is falling apart. This poetry book is hilarious but there are important lessons for children to learn such as the consequences from telling lies. I recommend this to read with your children but the language used will need to be explained to younger children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Paine on 18 Jun 2010
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I had forgotten this fabulous book, read to me and by me as a child, until a colleague reminded me of Strewelpeter, and it set me thinking of Cautionary Verses, and I ordered it from Amazon. I've since dipped in to it, read it to my chidren and been reminded how much fun - and good advice - there is inside! Gloroius illustrations too. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet Stableforth on 21 Jun 2011
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I am not into sophisticated poetry but adore anything clever that rhymes. I had this book as a child and read selected poems to my own children but could not find my original copy when I decided to introduce them to the grandchildren. At first I was reciting my favourites from memory, which proved such a hit with the 5 & 6 year olds that I decided to buy another copy. The book still gives me enormous pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J.F. Morgan on 13 Jan 2014
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I defy anybody not to laugh out loud at these extraordinarily amusing 'Cautionary Tales' written in Belloc's inimitable style.Highly recommended to put a smile on the most doleful countenance.
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