The Bad Child's Book of Beasts

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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts
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Cover of the 1918 edition
Author Hilaire Belloc
Illustrator Basil Temple Blackwood
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher The Camelot Press Limited
Publication date
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.[1][2][3] 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.[4] Within the first three months of its publication, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts sold 4,000 copies.[5]

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.[6]

The illustrations have also drawn comparison to the works seen in Dr. Seuss books.[7]


  1. ^ Cohen, Charles D. (2004). The Seuss, the whole Seuss, and nothing but the Seuss: a visual biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Random House, Inc. ISBN 0-375-82248-8. 
  2. ^ "The Nation Company". The Nation 65. December 9, 1897. ISSN 0027-8378. OCLC 1643268. 
  3. ^ Pearce, Joseph (2002). Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. Ignatius Press. ISBN 0-89870-942-3. 
  4. ^ The Nation, p. 441.
  5. ^ Pearce, p. 58.
  6. ^ Pearce, p. 64.
  7. ^ Cohen, p. 42.