This picture book contains two surprising stories. Kjøtt is about a cannibal girl called Kiki from Papa New Guinea, and is a kind of reverse Little Red Riding Hood. Y is a mystery about a man who is suspiciously preoccupied with children's rear ends.
This is a merciless picture book for children!
Nhu Diep is a new and exciting children's Author, and in this book she mocks modern society's fear of trolls and taboo.
‘Nhu Diep starts a humorous rebellion with the taboos in Nådeløs bildebok for barn. … Both stories play on formulaic children’s stories – detective stories and fairytales – and the humour comes when they deviate from the formula. The book sails close to the wind, but on children’s terms and by thumbing its nose at adult fears. Part of what’s funny about it is that it opens the door to a world that may seem somewhat off limits, somewhat outrageous. Can we make jokes about voyeurism and cannibalism? It seems so.’
‘This story [Meat] works well as a silly and rough-hewn story. … They say that nothing is taboo in children’s books anymore, but this book shows us that this is not true. Writing about men who like baby’s bottoms doesn’t feel right. The clear aim of this book is to challenge taboos, and it succeeds.’
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