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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts

Hilaire Belloc

Book Overview: 

A children's book teaching children not to be bad like wild animals

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .INTRODUCTION I call you bad, my little child,
Upon the title page,
Because a manner rude and wild
Is common at your age.

The Moral of this priceless work
(If rightly understood)
Will make you—from a little Turk—
[158]Unnaturally good.

Do not as evil children do,
Who on the slightest grounds
Will imitate the Kangaroo,
With wild unmeaning bounds:


Do not as children badly bred,
Who eat like little Hogs,
And when they have to go to bed
Will whine like Puppy Dogs:

Who take their manners from the Ape,
Their habits from the Bear,
Indulge the loud unseemly jape,
[160]And never brush their hair.

But so control your actions that
Your friends may all repeat.
'This child. . . Read More

Community Reviews

'The Bad Child's Book of Beasts' is a charming little book of short poems about animals, with illustrations by Lord Blackwood (BTB).

It is Belloc's style which makes this book unique. It does remind one of Roald Dahl in fact, although 'The Bad Child's Book of Beasts' was written way back in 1896, ex

Wonderfully comic verse describing a variety of dangerous animals. I had to read several aloud because I was laughing so hard.

This is a book that can be read in less than twenty uproarious minutes. Here's a brief example, entitled "The Big Baboon":

The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo.

He goes about
with nothing on

(A shocking thing to do).
But if he
dressed respectably

And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Bab

Stars are for rhymes and illustrations. Has not aged well - animals are to shoot.


у цьогорічному різдвяному епізоді «доктора хто» дванадцятий доктор (мій улюблений. я за ним сумуватиму) на коментарі першого доктора час від часу робить великі очі та просить не говорити _отакого_, бо це шовіністичне _отаке_ обурюватиме приблизно майже всіх, із ким він, будь-який за номером доктор,

Frog is a beast? oh yes! Lions and Tigers too. lol.

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