Moral of the story: Take a peek inside before you buy.
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.
Only it's not.
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.)"
Moral of the story? Buy all your books on Amazon, Grandma. Just don't expect to score another copy of this one, because it's currently sold out thanks to Tiffany and her hilarious tweet. Of course, the book is actually based on a popular tumblr run by Carla and Josh that's def worth checking out. There's also a pretty funny Instagram:
RIP Ali 🐐👊🏻 #GreatestOfAllTime #goat #boxing #ripali #ali #thegreatest #boxinglegend #floatlikeabutterflystinglikeabee #cassiusclay #monday #animals #illustration #sketch #art #drawing #bookstagram #muhammad #boxing #champion #legend #muhammadali #everlast
A post shared by IfBlankCouldTalk (@ifblankcouldtalk) on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:32am PDT
And one Brooklyn bakeshop even turned some of the book's best pages into a bunch of delicious-looking bite-sized snacks:
A post shared by SOGOAL ZOLGHADRI (@sogishoneybakeshop) on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:17am PDT
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.
A post shared by SOGOAL ZOLGHADRI (@sogishoneybakeshop) on Apr 18, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT
Click here to cop some.
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.