Moral of the story: Take a peek inside before you buy.

By Hollee Actman Becker
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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.

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"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.)"

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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.



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