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Cautionary Verses and Ruthless Rhymes by Charlie Ottley

Cautionary Verses and Ruthless Rhymes

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Hilaire Bellocâs cautionary tales are brought bang up to date with this hilarious new collection. Dark comic humour parodies modern vices such as the mobile phone and computer games. Chavs and delinquent children all come to sticky ends and poor parenting is exposed (Miranda and the dangers of letting your child watch films unsupervised). Illustrations by the excellent Oliver Preston make this a must have stocking filler.

If you like this you may also enjoy Cautionary Tales by James Lansdale.


Cautionary Verses and Ruthless Rhymes by Charlie Ottley

In this clever update of Hilaire Belloc's original Cautionary Verses, Charlie Ottley locates our Achilles' heel and goes for it with a tickling stick. Grumpy old men who go on about the modern world can bore us to tears - it's so much more fun with a light touch and a comic rhyme. From the dangers of skipping off school to over-dependence on TV soaps, these witty warnings are hugely enjoyable - all wonderfully illustrated with original drawings by Oliver Preston.

About the Author

Charlie Ottley's laboured hard
To make his living as a bard.
A poet for the BBC
Plus Carlton and GMTV.
He's been on Television loads
Transforming stories into odes
And has been known to take the news
And turn it into four-part blues.

Oliver Preston left the City to become a full-time cartoonist and draws regularly for the Field. His drawings have also been published in The Times, the Guardian, Spectator, Punch, Beano and Dandy. His first one-man show was in 1999 at the Fine Art Society and his books include Shall We Join the Men? and (with Alistair Sampson) Liquid Limericks and Larder Limericks. he is chairman of the Cartoon Art Trust.

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Publication date

28th September 2006


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