- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Feral House (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0922915520
- ISBN-13: 978-0922915521
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks Paperback – June 1, 1999
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At the end of the introduction is part of a review left on Amazon in 1997 by a reader of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (a book compared by some to "Struwwelpeter"). The reviewer attacked the book as glorifying the murder and debasement of children, and even talked about being unable to eat any blue-colored foods for years as a result of trauma caused by the blueberry scene. I think this reader, like many readers of "Struwwelpeter", has kind of missed the point. This book is not about being cruel to children. It's about warning children that if they are horrid, horrid things will happen to them. If you play with matches even though mother tells you not to, you'll get burnt up. If you're dirty and smelly, no one will like you. The bluntness of the consequences of bad behavior just serves to ram the message home. I found it fascinating that the author originally wrote this for his THREE-year-old son, when he decided that all the available books on correct behavior were either too didactic or too sentimental. This is hardly the 19th century equivalent of a slasher film, with blood and guts randomly strewn about--all the bad things in this book could have been avoided, if only the victims would have listened to people who were wiser than them. Whether or not you agree with the social message, it's still a fascinating read.
As an educator and once-child, I would reccommend this book to children over the age of 10. Of course this reading experience, like any, should involve a discussion with the parents so they can understand the differences between being a child of the Victorian era and being a child now.
Give kids credit!!
The only other printed examples of her work are contained in "Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs," another Feral House publication which is now out of print. That book had only a few of her drawings, while Struwwelpeter contains dozens.
Vendetta's disturbing and shocking artwork will always provoke controversy, dealing as it does with issues of sexual deviance, child abuse, and religious mania. For collectors of the insane and macabre, this book is a must-have. I would recommend two copies: one for your bookshelf and one to extract the art for framing.
The quality of the prints (color, size, paper) is quite good considering the cost of this book. The prints include drawings which appear to be out of our present time, and the paintings are revoltingly representational, colorful, and graphic.
Besides purchasing her original art directly from La Luz de Jesus Gallery in California, there is no other way to collect the works of this elusive American artist. Only fools and villians (of which there are many) would view Vendetta's work and not see the inherent social criticism in her depictions of evil.
I will leave the text for others to review. But I want to also mention that the other historical illustrations contained in this book are charming and add to the value of this unusual publication.
used. It claims that the only other english translation is severely edited. Sarita Vendetta offers up her new illustration,
and are just as, if not more disturbing than ever. There is just a hint of Gorey
in her drawings. The latter part of the book offers drawings
"based" on the originals of Hoffman. So if you are looking for something old and something new this may be for you. Also the
Introduction by Jack Zipes gives biographical info on Hoffman
and his writing of Struwwelpeter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dang. This book is crazy. My poor little fella is going to learn some rules the old fashioned way I guess.Published 14 months ago by JoeDingles
Bought this book at random years ago for myself. My sister seemed to fall in love with its twisted nature and kept referring to it so I bought a copy for her birthday.Published on August 12, 2014 by CynderCyn
I really did love this book as a child although my sister claimed to be frightened by some of the pictures and stories but I found them amusing and intended more for the parents... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Frank Byrne
I've been looking for this book since I was in my 20's. I'd read it many times as a child and found it weirdly fascinating. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Crystal L. Allen
Wow this is a warped book. This book contains two versions of the classic text Struwwelpeter. One is the classic Old German version. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by M. G. Mohring
I first came across this when I was...well, the most I shall admit to is that I was a preteen at the time. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by K S
The original is a neat classic. This is a modern re-make (new drawings, "corrected" for a more modern audience), and strays from the quality of the original. Read morePublished on March 1, 2002 by D. Gardner
Although this was historically a popular book for children in the 19th century, I was not familiar with it until it was referenced in Grant Morrison's _Doom Patrol_. Read morePublished on August 14, 2001 by Michael Holmes