We had a copy of that book, and I looked at it a lot when I was a little girl. It terrified me. I remember being particularly scared of a picture of a fire monster bursting out of a fire place. The cutting off of fingers was memorable, and there was a story of a little girl who was so proud of her red shoes that she ended up as a little pile of ashes. Horrible nasty book. But fascinating.(But then...the other book I was fascinated with as a little girl was about Hieronymus Bosch)
I was an avid thumb sucker as a child and was always threatened that Schneider meck meck meck would cut them off if I kept it up. Luckily I still have my thumbs!But your scissors still make my hair stand on end.
I am from Germany, and of course I read it as a kid. Scared me like cray. I remember crying every time I read the story of the girl burning to death after playing with matchsticks.
I saw a musical/opera inspired by Struwwelpeter. It was the first time I had heard of him. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/1999/12/03/WEEKEND9405.dtl&type=performance
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