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Russian books for naughty children

Ransom Riggs
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Aside from sexuality-altering Teletubbies and questionable role models like Joe Camel, there are few more effective ways of messing with our kids' minds than through bedtime stories. (Remember Why Mommy is a Democrat and Help! Mom! There's a Liberal Under My Bed!? If not, reminisce with this post from last November.) As with many things, however, it seems in this department too the Russians have us beat. Witness this book, published in the 90s and marketed to parents of misbehaving kids. Here are a few juicy excerpts, scanned and loosely translated by our comrades at Englishrussia:
"You haven't cleaned up your room? Then ugly monks will come to take you soon."

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