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Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A treat for fans of ghastly gore and egregious endings.

“Contains a Dangerous Beast and a Miserable End,” states a warning on the cover. But if you are strong of heart and like your humor a little on the dark side, jump right into the brilliant collaboration of the Edwardian humorist Hilaire Belloc, dead for the past 57 years, and the very much alive Mini Grey. Grey's sly
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 1987)
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Well, so much for a spoiler alert. The title pretty much says it all. And if it doesn't make you smile - then for God's sake - STAY AWAY from this book!!! - instead of whining about how it's not appropriate for children!

Jim is one melancholy looking tot, even though he gets tea and cakes and chocolate with pink inside(?). He even gets a trip to the zoo, though THIS zoo has enough rules to gag a python. Children are not permitted to hum, whistle, or giggle. Excitement of any sort is prohibited. T
Tarana Begum
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is about a boy named Jim and how he celebrates his birthday with his family and friends, however he never listens to his parents. They once went to the zoo where he met this lion that starts to eat him up.

I feel that this book has it’s good and bad points, the good point is that is teaching children a moral for not misbehaving, however the bad point is that if this is to be aimed at children at a young age, children would be frightened and may even be traumatized by what happens in the
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was a little scary for me because there's too many flaps with scary stuff, and the lion jumped out. It started super happy so I knew it was gonna be scary. And if I ever saw that happen to one of my friends, I would obviously use this rope to walk him right back into his cage. This black rope, I would tie him up, and the cage would come and he would be trapped forever because the key was invisible so if you looked in there you saw no key and the key was not smellable, but I could see k ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early 20th century Hilaire Belloc published some books of cautionary verses for children, likely modeled on the classic grotesque-pastiche work from Germany Der Struwwelpeter (Shockheaded Peter). These verses were rediscovered and, some of them, re-illustrated by Edward Gorey in a very attractive book. And, in fact, over the years several talented illustrators have turned this or that individual Belloc verse into a stand-alone book. But of all of them, I think this little book best gives ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Already loving the flaps and fold-outs. Oh Pierre! You have a brother now.
Miss Kelly
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Very off, witty humor. OMgosh tweens and teens and adults will enjoy this. Kids who have a sick since of humor will enjoy as well. I love the lift the flap and illustrations, they help make the book. Kudos!!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Unpleasant, scattered, not clear which page and fold out to open to read.
K. P.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
hahaha every see the animated jingle Dumb Ways to Die? Here it is more than 100 years ago.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up on this poem. My mother had it memorized, and we used to beg her to recite it for us. Accordingly, this book is her Little Christmas present. I've borrowed it back.

Now, there's always somebody who comments that little things like dead children are inappropriate for, well, children. If you're one of those people - don't buy this book, save the rest of us the angst. Jim DOES get eaten by a lion, there IS no happy ending, you HAVE been warned. If you're still unsure, the poem is in the pu
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Looking for a picture book that is far from sweet and a bit wicked? Then look no further! Mini Grey takes the classic tale by Belloc and turns it into a book with lots of tiny details and pop-up pages that make for great fun in reading. The tale is one of Jim, who went to the zoo with his nurse and then slipped away from her. He hadn’t gotten far when a lion grabbed him and began to eat him from the feet up. Jim called for help and a zookeeper came running, but was too late, only Jim’s head was ...more
How is the story told?
The story is told through Belloc's rhyming couplets.

How do the words and pictures work together?
Much like the layout in The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales the font can change size depending on the emphasis Grey wants to place on certain words. This offers a nice opportunity for children to do similar with their own poems that they could illustrate.
The reader is drawn into finding the rhymes at times through rhyming words which are hidden under flaps. The
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most twisted children's book I have ever read. ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lots of kids in grades 1st to 5th know Mini Grey from her funny Traction Man books. Her illustrations are perfect for Hillaire Belloc's 1907 text! This is fun to read aloud to kids in elementary school, who are surprised and delighted to see the severed head of the misbehaving boy. It was, however, a bit too much for grades K & 1st, and for those classes where the school or the teacher is overbearing and oppressively rules-oriented. ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
I do enjoy myself a good off kilter children's book, but this is going a little far. A lion eating a naughty child can be well done, like in Maurice Sendak'sPierre. But seeing little boy meat is ehh.

Please don't share this with young children.
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this today with my daughter's class. What a fabulous book! The illustrations are brilliant even if the story is a little on the gory side and sure to give small children nightmares! This is a new edition that has flaps and fold outs and makes for a very interesting read. ...more
Amar Pai
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Nice design, scary lion pop-up. Does what it says on the tin. Kids young and older will be entertained and hopefully SCARED STRAIGHT

suggestion: replace "nurse" with "nanny" if you live in the U.S. in modern times

Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightfully written, unsettlingly illustrated. Fun, fun, fun.
Heather Noble
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for something to read to a group of 8-11 year olds
Brilliant book to read aloud to 8-11 year olds. The zoo rules and byelaws are "hilaireious "(no apologies for pun). ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with gorgeous, sometimes grisly, illustrations. Cheeky with a clear message, not for the faint of heart...
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
a really grim fable... but sort of cute at the same time?
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pretty gruesome. But I loved it.
great read for toddlers - grade 2
Philip Carlson
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very funny, a bit gory. Some British languagethat is unusual.
Monica Edinger
After seeing this I want to see the actual book pronto. Seems a match made in heaven (Grey and Belloc). ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brilliant illustrations, the flaps and pop ups in the book make it really engaging.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, kids
Good god! What a horrible story! But I liked it...and we shall see how my son sleeps tonight if he remembers the tale.
Nov 07, 2010 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Ok, I'm not sure this book was for me, but my son loved it. ...more
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Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an 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 was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his ...more

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