Bad judgment in choice of kids' book cover


I'm inclined to agree with Andrew Hearst of the Panopticist that this is an unfortunate choice for a children's book cover. A Children’s Book About Animals–and Group Sex



  1. um yeah except for the fact that i doubt that most children know sexual postitions and would assosiate this cover with a good dog style railing

  2. Not to mention that the cow at the back of the line is female. I guess we can’t rule out bovine strap-ons, but if that’s the case, where are the straps.

  3. i’m no expert, but it would seem that from what i know about mammalian anatomy, the angles are all wrong for what you are suggesting, except maybe for the chicken. what pervy minds you have!

  4. C’mon people!
    There was nothing sexual intended here and kids won’t infer anything other than critters being helpful.

  5. @Dmatos:
    It could be a double-ended dildo.

    @Franko: That’s only because the only one penetrating right now is the rabbit. They’ll rearrange a bit as each person in the line gets penetration. You act like you’ve never been involved in a good chain before.

  6. I used to read a similarly-illustrated book when I was a kid. The book is about how it takes an entire family, including pets, pests and rodents, to pull a giant turnip out of the ground – a great way to teach team work to children.

    “The Enormous Turnip” by Alexei Tolstoy

    Look it up – it’s a great read for your child.

    As for the cover – take your mind out of the gutter :) A 6-7yo child’s mind will not make that association unless you help it to.

  7. Oh, what child wouldn’t love it’s other title: “Cow fucks a Dog Fucks a Pig fucks a Bunny fucks a Chicken,”

  8. As a kids’ book author/illustrator, I’ve learned that there’s a certain kind of adult that seems to always be on the lookout for this sort of thing. I’ve even been “congratulated” by some who’ve thought I’d intentionally slipped something by my publishers.

  9. Innocent kids book remains innocent kids book.

    Some adults remain dirty minded as ever.
    (Including yours truly though I wouldn’t have immediately cued into it without the suggestion by Boing Boing).

  10. Looks like we have a consensus! Perhaps the moral of the story here is to take at least a few hours off between watching porn and reading books to your kids.

  11. I hate to say it, but I’m also with those who find nothing wrong with it. It’s almost as bad as people who obsess about finding every possible sexual implication to X work of fiction, or assume long cylindrical shapes must be phallic.

  12. I can’t think of a more appropriate cover for this, given the title.

    Hey, on the bright side, at least there’s no cartoon human in the mix — that’d be bestiality!

  13. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I see an amazing Photoshop Phriday installment lurking in that cover.

  14. #16 “Looks like we have a consensus! Perhaps the moral of the story here is to take at least a few hours off between watching porn and reading books to your kids”

    Tasks which NEVER go together :p.

    It’s a good moral of the story, I wonder if that’s the moral of “One Two Three Pull”, has anyone read the book?

  15. seriously – this is a non issue, adults forcing a sexualised view of the world on kids will result in kids seeing it that way – but the illustration is innocent – don’t make it into something smutty when it isn’t

  16. Yeah, Bazza, you’re RIGHT…kids never get the sexual subtext of stuff. That doesn’t mean that those of us who do can’t giggle at it.

  17. it looks like a classic tug-o-war to me. i did it a hundred times in elementary school. and now you’re telling me i was having anal sex all that time and didn’t notice??

  18. I am with a mind mostly sweet, often sick and sometimes perverted. I only got the sweet part this time. mAybe I am getting old.

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