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Gives you nightmares. A horrible book.
on 3 December 2011
I was given a copy of this book when I was four or five years old and I remember it scared the hell out of me and I had screaming nightmares, especially about thumbs being cut off. (Not that I ever actually sucked my thumb...)
Now I'm 31, quite grown up, not scared of anything and have a little boy of my own. Just found this online and all the memories came flooding back - if somebody gave my son a copy of this I would incinerate it, or at the very least keep it until he is 21. I may as well let him watch Tarantino films at 18 months old.
The morals of the story are fine and I agree with them, but they are not portrayed in a way that is acceptable in 2011. It is a disturbing book with some disturbing imagery and whilst I'm sure the author means well it is a little too shocking for small children.
I don't make a habit of writing reviews but this book makes my skin creep. Something about it is just not right.