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Struwwelpeter: Merry Tales and Funny Pictures

Struwwelpeter: Merry Tales and Funny Pictures by Heinrich Hoffmann
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Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter) is an illustrated collection of humorous children’s poems describing ludicrous and usually violent punishments for naughty behavior. Hoffmann, a Frankfurt physician, wanted to buy a picture book for his son for Christmas in 1844. Not impressed by what the stores had to offer, he instead bought a notebook and wrote his own stories and pictures. While Struwwelpeter is somewhat notorious for its perceived brutal treatment of the erring children, it has been influential on many later children’s books, most notably Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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[Transcriber's Note: This book was first published in German in 1844, and in English translation in 1848. This edition was not dated. Color illustrations appear on every page, often "playing" with the text.]



Heinrich Hoffman

Frederick Warne & Co., Inc. New York


Merry Stories and Funny Pictures

When the children have been good, That is, be it understood, Good at meal times, good at play, Good all night and good all day They shall have the pretty things Merry Christmas always brings.

Naughty, romping girls and boys Tear their clothes and make a noise, Spoil their pinafores and frocks, And deserve no Christmas box. Such as these shall never look At this pretty Picture book.

Shock headed Peter

Just look at him! there he stands, With his nasty hair and hands. See! his nails are never cut; They are grimed as black as soot; And the sloven, I declare, Never once has combed his hair; Anything to me is sweeter Than to see Shock headed Peter... Continue reading book >>

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