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More Beasts (For Worse Children)

Hilaire Belloc

Book Overview: 

A children's book of some of the scarier animals in the world.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .width: 450px;"> "An idle little child like this,
How is it that he knows
What years of close analysis
Are powerless to disclose?

Our brains are trained, our books are big,
[207]And yet we always fail
To answer why the Guinea-pig
Is born without a tail.

Or why the Wanderoo[A] should rant
[208]In wild, unmeaning rhymes,
Whereas the Indian Elephant
Will only read The Times.

[209]

Perhaps he found a way to slip
Unnoticed to the Zoo,
And gave the Pachyderm a tip,
Or pumped the Wanderoo.
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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 Outdated and probably offensive to today's readership (I noted a few racial slurs), but nevertheless worth reading.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.