Jim by Mini Grey


Written by Mini Grey

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011

With opening flaps and a final, magnificent picture which opens out completely, this is a wonderful illustrated version of a classic poem. Jim has everything he wants – delightfully tactile ‘slices of delicious ham’ and ‘chocolate, with pink inside’, a little tricycle to ride and trips to the zoo – but none of these are enough to stop Jim from indulging in his favourite little foible: running away! Jim escapes from the hand of his nurse and meets a very desperate fate!

Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey turns her inimitable hand to Hilaire Belloc's classic cautionary tale of Jim. First published in 1907, Belloc's wickedly funny poem describing the sad end of Jim is now brought fabulously back to life with wonderful pop-ups and interactive extracts by Mini Grey for this extra-special new edition for a new generation og children and parents. This is a perfect gift with much to explore...


Jim by Mini Grey

A classic cautionary tale from the pen of Hilaire Belloc and now brought back to life by the inimitable Mini Grey.


You would not have thought it possible to improve upon Hilaire Belloc's cautionary tale of Jim but it lends itself beautifully to Mini Grey's insouciant illustration style -- Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph Distinctive illustrations, a pop-up snarling lion, lift-up flaps and some additional jokes do justice to Belloc's classic castic poem. A dark delight -- Sally Morris Daily Mail Mini Grey's dramatic paper-folding illustrations add an extra dimension to Belloc's original. Her fold-out plan of the zoo, complete with warnings and comments, is witty and charming while also standing as an incisive warning about a world in which health and safety has become a make-believe all of its own -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian The enduring popularity of Hilaire Belloc's most famous Cautionary Tale combined with award-winner Mini Grey's lively and generous illustrations make this a true winner The Bookseller A picture book that not merely gives the original Belloc a new lease of life but also challenges its lucky readers as to what exactly a full reading of a picture book might involve -- Robert Dunbar The Irish Times

About the Author

Mini Grey

Mini Grey was born in the front seat of a mini in an icy car-park in South Wales. She grew up in a village in Buckinghamshire with plenty of places to make camps, climb trees and pretend to be horses. As a child Mini created many bizarre objects from cardboard, clay, papier mache, dough, plaster, toilet rolls and crisp packets.

At university Mini became involved with set-building at the Bloomsbury theatre and eventually got asked to design some shows. After her degree she worked making latex puppets in a basement in Covent Garden until she was offered a place on a theatre design course. Mini loved theatre designing but she didn't earn much money. She trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London. She especially liked running after-school clubs in model-making and pottery.

Mini had always done bits of illustration in her spare time, and had an ambition to have a book published some day. She did a two-year MA in illustration, and made a strange pop-up book and an animation about it.

Mini has been shortlisted and won a number of prizes including for, The Pea and The Princess being shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2002, and Biscuit Bear, being the winner of the Smarties Prize in 2004.

Mini lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and cat Bonzetta. She likes running along the river, cycling, walking up hills, running down corridors, and playing badly on her electric piano wearing headphones.

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26 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st October 2009




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