I love the illustrations, because what could be more gruesome than fairy tales unwashed by Disney? This shielding of children is a newish thing, and I think (as did Maurice Sendak) that it has more to do with protecting adults’ ideals of childhood than it does about children’s abilities to comprehend the world they see. (This whole excerpted cartoon is so worth following the link.)
I grew up with Struwwelpeter/Slovenly Peter. No pussyfooting around there.
Translated (or not) from the original German by Meg Barclay.