Have you heard the tale of Felicity Finch who was prone to pinch? Or the one about Vince the Mince, the vegetarian dog who took his sprouts far too seriously...

This hilarious collection offers a grisly mix of gruesome cautionary verses, in which assorted characters meet the stickiest of ends!


Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children's picture book authors. She also writes for television and video companies, and has two children.

Tony Ross has been highly acclaimed and is in great demand as a children's book illustrator. His books are published all over the world. He lives in Oxfordshire.


Perfect for reading aloud, the richly imagined and brilliantly illustrated retribution that befalls such characters will delight all who hear these verses.

LoveReading4Kids, Book of the Month

Will make the whole family laugh out loud.

Daily Express

Another perfect collaboration between Willis and Ross, whose ability to make children laugh simply can’t be bettered.

Daily Mail

Entice (children) away from ‘the box’ with… Sticky Ends.

Sunday Times, Style Magazine

26 cautionary verses, all ripe for recitation, with suitably gruesome pictures.

Country Life, Best Children's Book for Christmas

These poems are like a modern day Struwwelpeter with a dash of Revolting Rhymes that will have you laughing and groaning at the same time.

Booktrust Book of the Month

The illustrations are great, and there’s plenty of gross things going on to delight children . . . A good way to get some disgusterous little boys reading poems!

The Bookbag

A hilarious collection of macabre rhymes with echoes of Roald Dahl. A must!

Peters Bookselling Services

Do your children love rhymes? This collection of 26 verses will sway them. Brilliantly conceived by the multi-talented Jeanne Willis…illustrated by the superb Tony Ross.

Armadillo Magazine

What a treat . . . will convince even the most reluctant child that maybe they do like poetry! This may even knock such classroom stalwarts as Dahl’s Revolving Rhymes off its pedestal and is indeed a worthy successor to Belloc.

Reading Zone

Required reading

ABC Magazine

A must for the junior library.

The School Librarian

This is a collection that is as hilarious and ingenious as it is rude.

Books for Keeps

Books containing the magical combination of work by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have been mainstays of my teaching collection for decades.

Prue Goodwin

Cheeky and thought-provoking.


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