The Bad Child's Book of Beasts
Cover of the 1918 edition
|Illustrator||Basil Temple Blackwood|
|Publisher||The Camelot Press Limited|
|Followed by||More Beasts for Worse Children|
|Text||The Bad Child's Book of Beasts at Wikisource|
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts is an 1896 children's book written by Hilaire Belloc. Humorously illustrated by Basil Temple Blackwood, the superficially naive verses give tongue-in-cheek advice to children. In the book, the animals tend to be sage-like, and the humans dull and self-satisfied. Within the first three months of its publication, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts sold 4000 copies.
Lord Alfred Douglas accused Belloc of plagiarizing his work Tales with a Twist, which although published two years after The Bad Child's Book of Beasts was according to Douglas written before Belloc's work.
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