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Slovenly Betsy

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Slovenly Betsy is a wonderfully twisted and darkly humorous children's book that provides a cautionary tale about the importance of good hygiene. The protagonist, Betsy, is a messy and unkempt girl who suffers the consequences of her filthy habits in a series of increasingly absurd and grotesque ways.

The illustrations in the book are delightfully macabre, adding to the overall dark humor of the story. While some may find the themes of the book to be a bit unsettling for young readers, the exaggerated and fantastical nature of the consequences Betsy faces serve as a unique and entertaining way to drive home the message of the importance of cleanliness.

Overall, Slovenly Betsy is a captivating and memorable read that is sure to leave a lasting impression on both children and adults. Heinrich Hoffmann's twisted sense of humor and clever storytelling make this book a standout in the world of children's literature.

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Hienrich Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist and doctor. He had written poetry and sketches for his son, and was persuaded to have a collection of these printed.
The stories were not perceived as cruel or overly moral by Hoffmann's contemporaries.
This American version contains a few of the stories from the original German "Struwwelpeter" publication.

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