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Fri, 04 Sep 2009
This is the beginning of the trials and tribulations of Struwwelpeter. a story every week.


Or Shaggy Peter

Or, Merry Stories & Funny Pictures.

      It was my birthday on the 1st of September and as I'm sure you all know my passions are; my wonderful husband Peter, then books and music, not forgetting my huge family and all the pets.
 So you can imagine my delight when I open the wrapping paper and there is a scruffy board book called "Struwwelpeter" oh my goodness, I was so happy. 
The book was written first in 1845 and my copy was reprinted in the early 1900's having no date or Author just Blackie who were the publishers. 
I hope to put all the pictures and stories between this web site and Diddilydeedot's Dreamland. 
They are not the nicest of stories I must admit, but if your good and kind then I'm sure you will be alright.


The gentleman who wrote the book is, well, I shall let Wiki tell you;
Der Struwwelpeter (1845) is a popular German children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way. The title of the first story provides the title of the whole book. Literally translated, Struwwel-Peter means Shaggy-Peter.

Hoffmann, a Frankfurt psychiatrist, wanted to buy a picture book for his son for Christmas in 1844. Not impressed by what the stores had to offer, he instead bought a notebook and wrote his own stories and pictures. Hoffmann was persuaded by friends to publish the book anonymously as Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder mit 15 schön kolorierten Tafeln für Kinder von 3-6 Jahren

Struwwelpeter(Funny Stories and Whimsical Pictures with 15 Beautifully Coloured Panels for Children Aged 3 to 6) in 1845. 

It was not until the third edition in 1858 that the book was published under the title Struwwelpeter. 

The book became very popular among children throughout Europe, and, writes author and researcher Penni Cotton, the pictures and characters showed a great deal of originality and directness.

Struwwelpeter has been translated into several languages. The first English translation appeared in 1848. Mark Twain's English translation of the book is called "Slovenly Peter."

This is the book cover, a bit scruffy but I don't think it would have bothered our Struwwelpeter very much, just look at those finger nails. (I hope he never tried to pick his nose! Smile

In 2006, Fantagraphics Books published the first completely digital version of Struwwelpeter, reinterpreted and illustrated by Bob Staake.

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