Cautionary Verses, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This omnibus of Belloc's stories is a feast of delightful tales told in rhyme - all with a dramatic moral twist in the tail.

Are you prone to pulling faces, telling tales or bouts of extravagance?

Yes? Then ignore these stories at your peril. If not, you might suffer a fate similar to those described in these cautionary tales.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: English literature
  • ISBN: 9780099295310



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The classic and instantly memorisable hundred-year-old verses about children who played with mud, told lies and chewed bits of string and came to well-deserved bad ends. Not a politically correct social worker in sight; I wonder the book hasn't been banned.

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To my shock I realised that I didn’t actually own a copy of this, so when I saw a new edition in the bookshop, it was an easy decision to buy it. Belloc’s collection of poems from the 1930s is full of relevant moral instructions for children and adults alike, and is as caustically funny as ever it was; this edition is blessed with the addition of complemtary new illustrations by Quentin Blake (and Belloc is truly a predecessor of Roald Dahl, making that exquisitely fitting)This is one of those books I think everyone should have read at some point, if only to learn from the tales contained within. If you’ve read of Rebecca Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably, or Jim Who Ran Away from his Nurse and was Eaten by a Lion, or Matilda Who Told Lies and was Burned to Death before, then you don’t need to tell me how much fun there is in these, especially if you’re reading them to a small child. Classic.

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