Struwwelpeter (or, in English translations, Slovenly Peter: Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures for Little Children) is a bogeyman of sorts, a German children's book designed to warn children away from bad behavior. This book is so cruel and unusual in its punishments it makes you want to giggle. The kind of giggle that bubbles to the surface when you are in really bad trouble. The uncomfortable giggle.
|Would you ever suck your thumbs again? I think not.|
Unlike most of the other books in my house, Struwwelpeter remains on a high shelf. I don't think I want my girls to read it. It scares me. But I do think it's a thought-provoking children's book from the past worth continued exhumation by children's literature scholars and connoisseurs. I find interesting the version linked below, illustrated by Sarita Vendetta (her last name is Vendetta; I love that) and with an introduction by Jack Zipes.
|Click on the image to purchase this version at Amazon.|