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Cautionary Verses
About the book
  • Published: 10 November 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099295310
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99
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Cautionary Verses


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A gorgeous new edition of this hilarious classic anthology of moral instruction!

The Chief Defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of String.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly Knots inside . . .
A much-loved classic for children and adults alike since its first publication in 1939, this collection of poems is a truly unforgettable book of moral instruction. Take heed from the lessons learnt by Matilda, Who told lies and was Burned to Death, Jim, Who ran away from his nurse wand was eaten by a Lion, and Rebecca, Who slammed doors for Fun and Perished Miserably. . .

  • Pub date: 10 November 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099295310
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Authors

Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc was born in France and educated at Newman's Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1910 he was Liberal MP for Salford and literary editor of the Morning Post. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics.

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.


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