Today we were deep in a pile of uncataloged Russian children’s books and found… another version of Struwwelpeter, published in Moscow and illustrated by Boris Zvorykin!
So slovenly! Look at that droopy sock!
Here’s Struwwelpeter refusing to let his grandmother sponge off his shirt cuffs…
…leading him to weep silently alongside some semi-domesticated boars.
This book doesn’t contain all of the stories from the original, although it does have a few select favorites, including the sad story of the thumb-sucker accompanied by a thumb-removal illustration so ghastly that we will not include it here.
Instead, look at these sweet before-and-after vignettes from The Dreadful Story of the Matches: