A truly gruesome (not really for) kids book

Modern illustrater Bob Staake has reinterpreted Struwwelpeter, a book of cautionary tales. From the reviews and excerpts, this looks simultaneously gorgeous and incredbly creepy. Imagine if you will a story about a tailor who will cut off your thumbs if you suck them, told to little children.


(yanked from BoingBoing)


6 thoughts on “A truly gruesome (not really for) kids book”

  1. Oh, fairy tales told back in the day were very gruesome! Kids getting mangled up in all kinds of ways. They’ve been massively edited for today’s kids. For instance, Disney definitely left out the parts of Cinderella that involved the stepsisters cutting off parts of their feet to fit into the glass slipper.

  2. I just tried to find a copy of Little Bunny Foo Foo… it’s been changed from “bopping them on the head” to “kissing them on the head”

    So. disturbing.

  3. Picked this book up yesterday! The art’s really fun.

    Glad to see they put it in the graphic novel section of the store instead of the Children’s section. You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve found in the Children’s section on occasion–Secret Diary of Laura Palmer comes to mind.

    Anyhoo, this whole “(not really for) children” genre really tickles me. It’s my favorite.

    Have you seen The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares and the Pop-Up Book of Phobias? by Gary Greenberg

    Now, granted, Der Struwwelpeter was intended for kids. Jeez. Crazy German pre-emptive discipline. 🙂

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