A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters

By Mark Robinson; Sarah Horne (Illustrator)

Lion Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780745962542, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2011

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 vilenessLessons 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 ondemonstrating their monstrosity at all times. Those who don't meet the grade are destined for things far worse disqualification and a quick enrollment at the dreaded Academy of Manners.