One of the best selling children's books of all time with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In December 1844 Dr Heinrich Hoffmann, a Frankfurt doctor, couldn't find a suitable book to give his threeyear-old son as a present. Instead he bought a blank exercise book and set out to write and draw what was to become his world-famous picture book. Hoffmann filled his book with dazzling and gruesome stories and pictures that he had invented to try to put his frightened young patients at their ease.
Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894), a doctor in his native Frankfurt (where there is a museum devoted to his work), often told funny stories to put his young patients at their ease. Frustrated by the moralistic tone of contemporary children's books, he wrote and illustrated this picture book as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son, and it has delighted and terrified generations since.
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Pavilion Children's Books
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