Audiobook "Struwwelpeter: Merry Tales and Funny Pictures" by Heinrich Hoffmann (Run Time 00:21:18)

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This is an Audiobook of the text only. The illustrations and written text can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12116/12116-h/12116-h.htm. Struwwelpeter (Translated - Slovenly Peter) is a collection of humorous children’s poems describing ludicrous and usually violent punishments for naughty behavior. Hoffmann, a Frankfurt physician, 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. While Struwwelpeter is somewhat notorious for its perceived brutal treatment of the erring children, it has been influential on many later children’s books, most notably Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hoffmann published poems and a satirical comedy before, in 1845, a publisher friend persuaded him to have a collection of illustrated children's verses printed which Hoffmann had done as Christmas present for his son. The book, later called Struwwelpeter after one of its anti-heroes, became popular with the public and had to be reprinted regularly; many foreign translations followed. "Struwwelpeter" was not perceived as cruel or overly moral by Hoffmann's contemporaries. The original title, "Funny stories and droll pictures", indicates that entertainment was at least partly the author's intention. After the book's success, Hoffmann felt persuaded to write other children's books, of which only the first, König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold, became popular. He also kept on writing satires and (often comic) poems for adults. His satires show his strong skepticism towards all kinds of ideology and his distaste for religious, philosophical or political bigotry. Even in Germany, he is today largely remembered for his Struwwelpeter. This is an Audiobook of the text only. The illustrations and written text can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12116/12116-h/12116-h.htm. Digital Downloads are in MP3 Format (Will play only on a MP3 Compatible Players, some players will not play MP3 files, before ordering please make sure the player you will be using will read MP3 files.