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1.0 out of 5 stars hohoho, 8 Dec 2009
This review is from: Struwwelpeter in English Translation (Dover Children's Classics) (Paperback)
great if you want to traumatise your child with the kind of thing that appealed to sadistic 19th century german parents. Eg "Dont suck your thumbs or the Red Legged Scissor Man will cut them off", and so forth. The Red Legged Scissor Man! I ask you.
Cant believe people are still giving this to their kids, who will probably all grow up mental, or at least to be Daily Mail readers.

(I recommend googling "little suck-a-thumb" before buying.)
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2010 12:45:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Feb 2010 12:47:02 GMT
O. Turnbull says:
Yes, I remember as a child thinking "errr... Dad.... did that man just actually cut that boy's thumbs off.... should you be reading this to me...?" Never did me any harm of course.... must go... I've got to get my son's hands bandaged....

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 11:27:27 BDT
Yep, SSmall-minded.

Posted on 17 Oct 2010 21:13:45 BDT
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Posted on 18 Dec 2010 14:07:16 GMT
D. Louis says:
Yes of course, a classic in literature will traumatise a child, but buying them 'Grand Theft Auto' won't. I understand.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2010 14:07:24 GMT
if someone doesn't agree with you they are small minded? This a perfectly legitimate review. These tales are horrible and it is questionable whether they should be given to children. Also, as an aside the review is IMO quite hilarious.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2010 14:09:11 GMT
two wrongs don't make a right? also grand theft auto is a 'classic' in gaming, does that mean it should be given to children?

Posted on 21 Feb 2011 08:06:41 GMT
i agree whole-heartedly I may have been given this too young when i look at the suggested age, but i found it pretty traumatic

Posted on 8 Jun 2011 16:57:01 BDT
My grandma used to read this book to me. I still remember finding it horrifically interesting. It stopped me sucking my thumbs, playing with matches and laughing at black kids. I'm going to read it to my son when he is old enough for the same reasons.

Posted on 18 Jun 2011 17:56:11 BDT
F. Brough says:
I used to love this book , read it while my mum was working for her German boss, It never did me any harm, I will read it to my grandchildren when they arrive.
Try looking at the history of our nursery ryhmes not nice at all.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 12:24:44 BDT
That was one of the most hilarious comments I've ever read lol Ever light a match then set fire to a black kid then run off laughing with your thumb in your mouth? lol
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