Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mixtape: Dauterman and Antosh, 'Dirty Library: Twisted Children's Classics and Folked-Up Fairy Tales'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Dirty Library (Running Press, Aug. 2014), by Mary Dauterman and Peter Antosh (based on their Tumblr blog, dirtylibrary) may force you to look at your halcyon days of childhood through a pair of beer goggles.

In their illustrated book, Dauterman and Antosh reimagine favorite childhood poems and tomes with titles like Mary Pill Poppins, Where the Girls Gone Wild Things Are, Little Whorehouse on the Prairie and Huckleberry Gin. Dirty Library includes opinions, descriptions, book club discussion questions and reviews of the "new books," much like any literary piece of work would receive. The difference is, these tongue-in-cheek reviews are "in the style of The Onion," and while Little Bo Peep isn't at all funny, you may laugh your ass off reading about Little Bo Creep:

"Little Bo loses her job as a shepherdess after misplacing an entire flock of sheep. Her newfound free time only feeds her addiction for stalking, but nothing seems awry until severed sheep's heads start appearing around the village, and the nightmare has only just begun."
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