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A Moral Alphabet

Hilaire Belloc

Book Overview: 

An alphabet book for children written in a theme that teaches good morals and the right choices.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .B. B.


Authors of "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts"
"More Beasts for Worse Children"
"The Modern Traveller" etc.




London
EDWARD ARNOLD
37 BEDFORD STREET
1899

[4]

DEDICATION.
——
TO THE GENTLEMAN
ON PAGE 49.

[5]




A

stands for
Archibald who told no lies,
[6]And got this lovely volume for a prize.
The Upper School had combed and oiled their hair,
And all the Parents of the Boys were there.
In words that ring like thunder through the Hall,
[7]Draw tears from some and loud applause from all,—
The Pedagogue, with Pardonable Joy,
Bestows the Gift upon the Radiant Boy:—
"Accept the Noblest Work produced as yet"
(Says he) "upon the English Alphabet;
"Next term I shall examine you, to find
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Community Reviews

Wildly funny and macbre pre-e. gorey humour. In Bellocs world all manner of mishap befall the contumacios child. His prose may seem acrimonious and vituperative, but Belloc possesses a perspicacious wit and alacrity, with which he tenderly disects, and leaves you wanting more.

This delightful book combines three relatively short tongue-in-cheek verse-and-picture works for children (and adults with senses of humor). They seem to poke some fun at late 1800s/early 1900s morality lessons for children, and are amusing, charming, and witty even a century after being written...more

Hilarious; would have gotten 5 stars but for the blatant, unapologetic, Victorian racism.

A peculiar and witty volume of parodied children's verses. Quick and funny. Outdated and probably offensive to today's readership (I noted a few racial slurs), but nevertheless worth reading.

Funny, and so stylistically charming that it's easy to forgive how uneven it can be. When it works, it flies off the goddamn page.