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Jim Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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"You would not have thought it possible to improve upon Hilaire Belloc's cautionary tale of Jim but it lends itself beautifully to Mini Grey's insouciant illustration style" (Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph)
"Distinctive illustrations, a pop-up snarling lion, lift-up flaps and some additional jokes do justice to Belloc's classic castic poem. A dark delight" (Sally Morris Daily Mail)
"Mini Grey's dramatic paper-folding illustrations add an extra dimension to Belloc's original. Her fold-out plan of the zoo, complete with warnings and comments, is witty and charming while also standing as an incisive warning about a world in which health and safety has become a make-believe all of its own" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)
"The enduring popularity of Hilaire Belloc's most famous Cautionary Tale combined with award-winner Mini Grey's lively and generous illustrations make this a true winner" (The Bookseller)
"A picture book that not merely gives the original Belloc a new lease of life but also challenges its lucky readers as to what exactly a full "reading" of a picture book might involve" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)
WARNING: CONTAINS A DANGEROUS BEAST AND A MISERABLE ENDSee all Product description
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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.
I enjoyed reading the story to my daughter Matilda and look forward to the next fable to come our way
We have a high index for fire safety and an aversion to crying woooolf at home!
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