I didn't want to start this piece off by saying you should never judge a book by its cover, but when a well-meaning grandmom buys her six-year-old grandkid a totally inappropriate picture book by accident based on its cute illustrations, it's kind of the only way to go.
What happened was this: Grandma plunked down $6 and change at Barnes & Noble for a hard copy of If Animals Could Talk, a board book by Carla Butwin and Josh Cassidy that at first glance seems like an adorable read fit for a child.
And so when her daughter Tiffany and son-in-law Cody sat down to read this book to six-year-old Emmersyn, the couple quickly realized they were dealing with a major faux pas on Granny's part and decided to share her story online.
"I'm dying," Tiffany wrote on Twitter. "My mom bought this book for my 6-year-old and I just called to ask if she had actually opened the book. She hadn't."
Well duh. Because If she had, she'd have seen pictures like this one:
And this one:
And this one:
Funny stuff. But yeah... totally not appropriate for young kids. Which is probs why it's described this way on Amazon: "If animals could talk, what would they say? Find out in this hilarious book appropriate for all ages! (Definitely not for all ages.)"
RIP Ali ??? #GreatestOfAllTime #goat #boxing #ripali #ali #thegreatest #boxinglegend #floatlikeabutterflystinglikeabee #cassiusclay #monday #animals #illustration #sketch #art #drawing #bookstagram #muhammad #boxing #champion #legend #muhammadali #everlast
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CHELLA SLOW LORIS AT THE SAHARA TENT OG illustration by my astoundingly talented friends (?? Carla and Josh, proud of you kids!) behind the genius @ifblankcouldtalk. Cop their new book *If Animals Could Talk* on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. ⚠️They make me ACTUALLY laugh out loud and that's like really hard to do because I have like super good taste.
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Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture and the awesome place where the two intersect.