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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. He was an early 20th Century Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He is most notable for his Roman Catholic faith, which had an impact on most of his writing.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Award-winning Mini Grey pulls no punches in her brilliant illustrations to this classic cautionary tale. Jim’s parents give him everything but, even so, he has a dangerous tendency to run away. When he slips his charges hand in the zoo the result is a dramatic catastrophe. ~ Julia Eccleshare Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for January 2017 The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson The Crayons’ Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers The Crayons’ Book of Colours by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers Jim by Hilaire Belloc and Mini Grey His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton
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 of children and parents. This is a perfect gift with much to explore...
This omnibus of Belloc's stories is a feast of delightful tales told in rhyme - all with a dramatic moral twist in the tail. Are you prone to pulling faces, telling tales or bouts of extravagance? Yes? Then ignore these stories at your peril. If not, you might suffer a fate similar to those described in these cautionary tales.