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Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue is a children's book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It tells the tale of Pierre, a boy who doesn't care about anything, even the possibility of being eaten alive.

The book was adapted into a musical television short, written and performed by Carole King.


This book contains examples of:

  • Broken Aesop: Sort of. Even though he emerged unscathed from the lion's stomach, being eaten by the lion at all was enough to convince Pierre to care. But will it convince young readers?
  • Catchphrase: "I don't care"
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: The Lion, confused by Pierre's lack of fear, tries to talk Pierre into running lest the lion eat him. (Pierre didn't care.)
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The book has five chapters and a prologue.
  • Spoiled Brat: Pierre. (Pierre didn't care.)
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  • Odd Friendship: Doubly so. Not only does Pierre's family became friends with a lion, but the lion who swallowed Pierre whole.
  • Swallowed Whole: Pierre, to the Lion. (Pierre didn't care, at first.)

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