of 'The World's Most Nightmarish Children's Book'
written by Heinrich Hoffmann, Reinterpreted by Bob Staake
Publisher: Fantagraphics (March 24, 2006)
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stunning reinterpretation of the fairy tale classic.
written in 1845 by German physician Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894), 'Der
Struwwelpeter' 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.
In other words,
precisely the type of bedtime stories you'll want to read to
a six-year-old, provided it's not your six-year-old. Publishers
Weekly calls Bob
illustrations "a stylistic collision of Russian constructivism
and pop art that explode with energy and joyous intensity."
Gorgeously designed and illustrated, Staake's Struwwelpeter is
sure to spark as many "oooo's" and "ahhhh's"
as it does nightmares - perfectly suited to readers of Charles
Addams, Edward Gorey and the films of Tim Burton.
as a child by the nightmarish prose and haunting images contained
in the book, noted author/illustrator Bob Staake (MAD magazine,
Cartoon Network, even Hallmark Cards) gives a 21st century spin
to these 10 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 bedtime stories you'll want to read to a six-year-old,
provided it's not your six-year-old. Publishers Weekly calls
Staake's illustrations "a stylistic collision of Russian
constructivism and pop art that explode with energy and joyous
Staake is the
author and/or illustrator of over 40 books, including Headlines
(written by Jay Leno, illustrated by Staake), The Complete Book
Of Caricature and The Complete Book Of Humorous Art (both authored
This is a new
BLAB! storybook, a series of graphic novels showcasing artists
from Monte Beauchamp's annual BLAB! anthology, presented in a
faux-children's book format, though aimed squarely at adults
and young adults.
Pixel Surgeon asks Bob Staake what prompted him
to re-examine Struwwelpeter