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A brilliant contemporary version of a classic verse.,
This review is from: Jim (Hardcover)
Children love to hear about misbehaviour and gore, and Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales have been amusing children and teaching them valuable lessons in a funny over-the-top way at the same time for decades. Jim, the story of a boy who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a lion is a national favourite.
And here, Jim has been given a book all of his very own which has, on the cover, the warning "Contains a dangerous beast and a miserable end" - this is guaranteed to entice Jim-like children to approach it....
Belloc's poem is told clearly and concisely in rhyme, that is every bit as relevant today as it was in the early twentieth century. The language is slightly old-fashioned and the adult reader may will need to explain that a child's nurse back then was a Mary Poppins rather than a medical carer but this quaintness adds to the charm of the tale:
"When Nurse informed his parents [of Jim's demise], they
were more concerned than I can say.
His Mother, as she dried her eyes,
Said 'Well - it gives me no surprise,
He would not do as he was told!
His Father, who was self-controlled..." etc.
This beautiful edition has been wryly illustrated by Mini Grey, a brilliant and ultra-contemporary children's illustrator, and there's a great mix of fold out pages, a map, and flaps to lift and although I'd recommend it for children from age 3, my six-year old son thinks it is GREAT!
A smashing addition to the bookshelf.