The Wall The Beast Built

Watermarked edition of The Wall The Beast Built.

Genus Fables: Story 1
Text © Hilary Robinson (2019)
Illustration © Steven Johnson (2019)

Division, partition, separation, borders, ghettos, barriers, walls, massacres, sieges, bombardments – the list goes on.

The Wall The Beast Built is a subtle exploration of prevailing issues with a suggestion of resolve which will resonate with children.

The story suggests that unification, rather than division, can lead to more peaceful community relations. It promotes the notion that communication, the sharing of natural resources and management of talents, gifts and strengths, is far more empowering than building barriers between groups.

In short The Wall The Beast Built offers hope. It is a fable for our time.

Designed with mythical illustrations, and the first in the series of Genus Fables, the story has been released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and will support the study of World War 2 in schools.

Prints and posters are available to buy. Download version available by arrangement (see below).
Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery.

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Hilary and Ste are happy to offer a watermarked free e-version download of the poster for schools, community groups and libraries. Please write to for more information.

The reproduction or sale of The Wall The Beast Built without the permission of the copyright holders is strictly prohibited.  The e-format downloadable version is free for personal and educational purposes only. 

  • £10 A2 Poster
  • £20 A3 Poster Signed Limited Edition


A stark warning about prejudice and division but also a celebration of togetherness and community.

Book Monster Ally

The Wall The Beast Built is a powerful message, powerfully told. It almost made me cry. Please share this story widely. It will help to encourage tolerance and understanding.

Trude Silman, Holocaust Survivor

The Wall The Beast Built is a simple, beautiful and rhythmic fable. With memories of old walls being pulled down and new walls and barriers going up right now the story gives a powerful and timely message of hope.

Wendy Mitchell, Senior Library Officer: Schools Library Service

I love the simplicity, but also the depth, of this beautifully illustrated story and the rhythm and repetition of the words. A tale of hope and optimism for children Everywhere.

Philip Webb, Independent Literacy Consultant


The Author
Hilary Robinson is an award winning network freelance producer for BBC’s Faith and Ethics producing weekly programmes for BBC Radio 2. Documentaries include Lenny Bruce is Dead, The Robeson Files and an abridgement of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful. She is the author of over 60 books for children and has won several awards including the 2016 Historical Association Young Quills Award for Flo of the Somme.

The Illustrator
Ste Johnson is a UK based illustrator with clients throughout the UK and beyond.
From illustrating for publishing, producing non-fiction illustrated children’s books to educational illustrations and animation, Ste’s clients include BBC; Hodder Education; Kingfisher; Macmillan; Money Supermarket; National Museums Liverpool; Nationwide; Network Rail; PBS; Splinter Design; Umbro.