Strange books: Der Struwwelpeter by Dr. H. Hoffman #fantastical

Years ago, I found this very old German edition of Der Struwwelpeter originally written in 1845 by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman.  Hoffman was a psychiatrist and this book is about children behaving badly.  I work with youth with severe behavior disorders, so I may have been drawn to this strange view of oppositional defiance.  I believe Struwwelpeter was the inspiration for Tim Burton‘s Edward Scissorhands.

Struwwelpeter describes a boy who does not groom himself properly and is consequently unpopular…  Mark Twain‘s English translation of the book is called “Slovenly Peter.” A link to an English translation of the entire book is here. [Source]

Here are some pages that stand out for me:

The book belongs beautifully in my graphic novel collection and I find the illustrations deliciously creep and Jan Švankmajer-esque!

Recommended: Švankmajer’s et cetera:

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