Beastly Feasts!

Beastly Feasts!

A Mischievous Menagerie in Rhyme

By Robert L. Forbes; Ronald Searle (Illustrator)

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585679294, 93pp.

Publication Date: September 2007

More than 40 delicious poems make up this outlandish menagerie of madcap rhymes about animals both naughty and nice. Illustrated with zany pictures by Ronald Searle, this collection from the inimitable mind of Robert Forbes is as good for a scare as it is for a laugh.

About the Author

Ronald Searle (1920-2011) trained at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) for two years before enlisting in the Royal Engineers in 1939. A prisoner of war from 1942-1945 in Singapore and Thailand, he cartooned during his internment. Searle s best-known comics series consisted of six books published between 1948-1959, featuring juvenile delinquent schoolgirls at the fictional school St. Trinian s. (These have been adapted into films as recently as 2011.) Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, he was also decorated with France s highest honor for an artist, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award, and received the German Order of Merit.