This is the story of Robert Caligari - a thoroughly evil 13-year-old who gets his kicks from kicking pigs. After a humiliating episode with a bacon butty, Robert realizes just how much he loathes the human race - and his revenge is truly terrible.
Faber and Faber
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UK Kirkus review
This slim volume is bound to attract attention because of its author - everyone's favourite incarnation of Dr Who, Tom Baker - but it's not a book to give young children. Put simply, it's an unpleasant tale of an evil 13-year-old who causes horrific traffic accidents and ultimately comes to a bad end, impaled on a storm-shattered tree and eaten alive by rats. The horror is more graphic, the moralizing more heavily loaded with irony, the illustrations genuinely frightening, but beneath the excess the story owes a certain amount to Roald Dahl - not to mention Hilarie's Belloc's much funnier Cautionary Tales. Intriguingly subversive if your stomach is strong. (Kirkus UK)
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