Written by: hswhite,theallegiant.com/- This week, an acquaintance of mine was tricked into reading The Adventures Of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle Â aloud to some kids. She had to quit halfway through. Why? It actually isn’t for kids. It even comes with a golden sticker that reads, “This s— isn’t for kids.” Unfortunately it had been mistaken for a Caldecott award.
The punchline of the book involves a girl killing and eating a live animal, then making a house out of its bones. Would I read this to a child? Well, no. But then I got to thinking- I have absolutely loved some inappropriate children’s books. I own some and treasure them. I’ve even threatened to read them to children (maybe I will… and maybe I have).
Without further ado, here is a list of some amazing inappropriate children’s books. Click on a title and you’ll be taken to visuals highlighting their glory… or to the dulcet tones of Samuel L. Jackson yelling at a child.
1) All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
This book is a gorgeous catalog of loneliness and despair, culminating with the image of Death saying “This job makes me feel so alive.” While reading this you won’t know which started first: the laughter or the tears.
A sequel was released last year. Spoiler: everyone is still dead.
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2) The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Published in 1962,Â TiniesÂ is an alphabet of dead children; each letter is assigned to a youngster who has met a grisly end. Surprisingly, this isn’t the most disturbing thing Gorey wrote.
This book is also available in poster form. I suppose parents or teachers might use it as a discipline tool; if a child acts poorly, you can just show them the poster and say “all right, pick one.”