Rather Unpleasant Cautionary Tales For Ill-Mannered And Immoderate Children by Ima Bratt

imabrattRather Unpleasant Cautionary Tales For Ill-Mannered And Immoderate Children
By Ima Bratt
60 pages – ages 8+
Published by Bratty Kid Books on April 14, 2013

This is a book full of short rhyming verse/stories about children and the end… of the children, that is. In this book, a girl explodes MID-TANTRUM! Isn’t THAT something? And a boy who does the opposite of what he’s told and gets eaten by bears at a zoo – Amazing right? And yet another boy gets eaten – by a giant fish who thought his tongue (which was always out) was a worm. I would hate to be him! Such ill-mannered children! 😉

This has a CLEAR message about being good and listening to what you are told. If you aren’t good, bad things will happen (okay maybe you won’t explode or get eaten by a giant fish, but you could get grounded…). I love that the book is all in rhyme verse, it really adds to the creepy feel of the book and it also is done well. I’m not a fan of horror stories at all and this book is not that. It’s kind of creepy but in a funny way. I think that maybe not all kids will get it, but I sure did and enjoyed it.  The humor in the book felt a lot like what happens to the kids in  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (like when Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river because he wants to eat it and gets sucked up the big tube). Ms. Bratt really puts out some snarkiness, in a quirky-good way (Hey – wouldn’t Quirky and Snarky be great names for twins in a story?), At 60 pages it was a quick read for me and would have liked a couple more stories in it for my age and reading level. The book is a clean read and is appropriate for all ages as long as they like this type of humor. I will be looking for the next Bratt book to come out!

I give this book 4 out of 5 book worms!fourbooks

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AND REMEMBER TO BE GOOD! Or rather unpleasant things will happen….

Categories: Age 9+

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17 replies

  1. This sounds like it might be really funny, Erik 🙂 It reminds me (just very slightly) of Lemony Snickett. I wonder what Ms. Brat’s real name is? 🙂

  2. I think I’d like this – checking at my library now. If you don’t already know this one, I’d bet you’d like it too: http://julierowanzoch.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/jim-a-cautionary-tale/

  3. I love the humour in this!

  4. This does sound fun. I met Ima recently through Emblazon. Cool to see her featured here.
    (Love the Quirky and Snarky twins idea!)

  5. Oh! Yes! I love this kind of stuff! Can’t wait to find this one! And yes to Quirky and Snarky twins! You need to get on that one!

  6. Sounds fabulous! My kids love Creepy Carrots so they’ll love this.

  7. Sounds like a book you would have handed a group of Quaker children, or kids in the 1800s as a code of behavior — but modernized. Very unusual book. Liked your review.

  8. Sounds kind of cool in a spooky kind of way. Should be a fun read for kids past kindergarten.

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