By Mark Frauenfelder at 11:37 am Wed, Sep 3, 2008
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
Never mind all that, what about the cow? She’s going to be hurting when she sits on her udder…
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
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.
#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?
I dunno, the pig’s enjoying himself a great deal. *fans self*
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!
There was nothing sexual intended here and kids won’t infer anything other than critters being helpful.
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.
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.
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
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.
Oh, what child wouldn’t love it’s other title: “Cow fucks a Dog Fucks a Pig fucks a Bunny fucks a Chicken,”
Much ado about nothing.
It’s “pull” not “push”.
They’re gonna find out about it somewhere.
could be worse…could be “Cooking w/ Pooh”
Pooklord: It’s “pull” not “push”.
… unless it is an *extremely* coordinated bukkake
Same here. Nothing to fuss about.
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.
I guess Sarah Palin would ban this one.
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).
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.
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 â€” that’d be bestiality!
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??
wow… it’s great!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I see an amazing Photoshop Phriday installment lurking in that cover.
This one’s pretty bad too:
Looks like a reference to “Getting Pooh Unstuck.” Hehehe, “Pooh,” “unstuck,” get it?
Of course there’s nothing wrong with it, as far as kids are concerned. But it’s still good for a chuckle. Like all the unintentional goatse images that get posted.
Incidentally, if you’re looking for a startling example of how differently kids and adults see things, check out this image:
“Bad judgment in choice of kids’ book cover”.
Only if you mind is in the gutter at lot?
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.
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.
In fact, the rabbit-chicken thing has happened (rabbits being horny bastards).
Kids growing up on farm would see the perverted side of this, methinks.
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