Originally written in 1845 by German physician Heinrich Hoffman (1809 - 1894), 'Der Stuwwelpeter' reads like a fairy tale breaking loose from a doomed rollercoaster, crashing through a rusty calliope, and finally splashing into the miasmic ooze of Hell - but somehow still managing to float.
Mesmerized as a child by the nightmarish prose and haunting images contained in the book, noted author/illustrator Bob Staake (MAD magazine, Cartoon Network, Hallmark Cards) gives a 21st century spin to thse 14 stories - each more politically incorrect than the next.
The nastiest things happen to children who disobey the wishes of their parents: thumb suckers have their digits cut off, the pyro-fascinated are set ablaze and, of course, picky eaters rot away and die prematurely. In other words, precisely the type of bedime stories you'll want to read to a six-year-old,provided it's not YOUR six-year-old.
Publisher's Weekly calls Staake's illustrations 'a stylistic collision of Russian constructivism and pop art that explode with energy and joyous intensity.'