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

By Hollee Actman Becker
October 06, 2017
Girl Reading a Book
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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.

"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.)"

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.