One UK mom's innocent doctor's visit with her kids took a decidedly weird turn when her 4-year-old picked up a children's book that turned out to contain relatively graphic pictures of clown sex. Yes, really.
In a now-viral Facebook post, Katherine Peck shared the funny story of encountering Mummy Laid an Egg!, a cult classic British children's book from the '90s. The book (by the late Babette Cole, who was known for her frank and amusing kids' books on tough subjects, like sex) illustrates the biggest (and awkwardest) kid question of all: Where do babies come from?
To say that Peck was taken aback by the book's content would be an understatement. Describing it as an "innocent enough looking book," she recounts her surprise when what began as a "sugar and spice and all things nice" kids' story became "a child-friendly Kama Sutra guide" around page 10.
The picture book is different from others of its kind (and won plenty of critical acclaim) because of its "twist." It starts off with the parents in the story avoiding their kids' question about babies by spouting the standard fake, cutesy answers (finding babies under rocks, literally baking them into existence, etc.)
But then the kids take the reins, and the book becomes a full-on lesson, complete with little anatomy sketches. A dad's "seed pods" on page 6 are admittedly odd, but nothing too outside the realm of expected kid content.
And then – surprise! – here comes the sex, with the explanation, "Here are some ways mummies and daddies fit together." There are sketched pictures of "aerial acrobatics, fetish clown outfits, and space hoppers," as Peck put it.
It's safe to say that plenty of people are amused by the unexpectedly sex-filled (and instructive!) book - Peck's post has since been shared over 37,000 times.
In a fun twist, Peck is actually a sex ed schoolteacher herself, according to The Mirror. I'm guessing she can appreciate the frankness of the book more than most, despite how silly and baffling the so-called "Kama Sutra" section is – though she clearly hadn't planned on having "the talk" with her own children just yet. "Cue the 4 billion questions I hadn't planned [on] answering today," she joked.
And some good news for those who simply must have a copy of this weird little book for their very own now: It's available from third-party sellers over on Amazon.
(h/t Some Ecards)
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