A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters

By Mark Robinson; Sarah Horne (Illustrator)
(Lion Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780745962542, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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With a revolting cast of nasties brought to life by playfully scratchy illustrations, this mischievous picture book demonstrates that perhaps life is not so great when spent solely in the pursuit of vileness


Lessons at the University of Vile are strict. With a timetable designed to refine the skills of grabbing, snatching, pushing, shoving, surreptitious tripping, and not-paying-attention, students must strive to hone their bad manners, poor personal hygiene, and repulsive habits. Graduation depends on demonstrating their monstrosity at all times. Those who don't meet the grade are destined for things far worsedisqualification and a quick enrollment at the dreaded Academy of Manners.

About the Author
Mark Robinson and Phil Kemp are homeschool dads and longtime friends. They share a love for writing and have collaborated on this, their second novel, Twin Divide: Broken Hearts, Mended Souls. Their vastly different backgrounds in education, career, and life experience inspire their literary work. After 25 years as a delivery driver at UPS, Robinson returned to teaching grade school. Kemp has worked for 32 years in forensic toxicology, studying the effects of drugs and poisons on humans. Their varied credentials and creative talents merge into books, blogs and Christmas letters, all of which can be found at their website,

Sarah Horne is a talented young illustrator with a weak spot for a good story and a nice cup of coffee! She graduated from Falmouth college of Art in 2001 and completed her Maters at Kingston University. Sarah lives in London.
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