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The Book of Beasts

The Book of Beasts - Edith Nesbit A rather precious story of a young child who is unexpectedly crowned King, and ends up letting out all manner of dangerous Beasts from a magical tome. It has a rather annoying tone - I can just see the adults going 'nudge-nudge, wink-wink' over the things that passed over the head of the child the story was being read to. And, when a dragon eats someone, that person should stay dead. Kids can handle that.

(Review of the non-abridged story. There's no call to abridge such a short piece.)