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Jim

Written by Hilaire Belloc

Illustrated by Mini Grey

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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

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Jim by Hilaire Belloc and Mini Grey

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Jim Synopsis

Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey turns her inimitable hand to Hilaire Belloc's classic cautionary tale of Jim: who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion! First published in 1907, Belloc's wickedly funny poem describing the sad end of Jim is fabulously illustrated in a magical picture book edition.

This is darkly comic, word of warning about the dangers of being spoiled is the perfect tongue-in-cheek corrective for little ones who have been a little overindulged!

Jim Press Reviews

Mini Grey has taken Hillarie Belloc's classic cautionary tale of Jim and illustrated it in her own inimitable style. She really has done justice to this wickedly funny poem.  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

The quality shines out on every page, blending the text and pictures seamlessly. The sight of Ponto looking bashfully over his shoulder as he sits by a dismembered leg is absolutely hilarious, and on the other side of the page, Jim's little head with Xs for eyes will strike a chord with every child who's ever pulled the head off a Lego man. It all sounds horribly violent, but in fact it's spot on, however sensitive or squeamish you and yours might be. Jim is the sort of book that you'll treasure for years to come. The Book Bag

There is a lot here to make reading this book over and over again a lot of fun. The poem is fun to read, and the pictures will last a long time. And if it can prevent any more boys being eaten by lions, then it will have done a good job. Bookwitch ...fabulously illustrated  Book Reviewer Aldershot News and Mail

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781862308756
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224083676
Publication date: 01/10/2009
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781862308756
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Author: Hilaire Belloc
Illustrator: Mini Grey
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Poetry
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About 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. 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 ...

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