German bedtime stories.
Mana wasn’t feeling terribly well this afternoon and so she stayed for a while in our bed while Mum read her a fairy tale.
As I popped my head around the door to see that all was well (and to also report that Alex’s damaged finger nail had finally fallen off – nice) for some reason, I happened to mention that some German stories of this ilk were rather brutal and not so saccharine as some would like. This notion then got me thinking about an amusing Family Guy episode where this topic comes up… which I just had to find because I found it really quite funny – because it was so true.
Thing was, I saw this episode ages ago and at the time of broadcast, one of the reasons why I found it so funny was because I was certain that they were riffing not only on a genuine German tale, but also the illustrations that went with it too. A quick visit to the bookshelf to check and we got our answer…
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…A resounding yes, which made me laugh some more.
I do have to admit that they’ve switched the order of the images a little to make it work better, but all the same, it’s instantly recognisable.
If, on the outside chance that you’re even remotely interested in the book, it’s called Der Struwwelpeter by Doctor Heinrich Hoffmann. It’s out there on the interwebz.