This is a story book. The stories were not perceived as cruel or overly moral by Hoffmann's contemporaries. This American version contains a few of the stories from the original German 'Struwwelpeter. Created by the author specifically for American readers, Slovenly Betsy features the same perverse drollery as its predecessor. Adults and children alike will revel in these quaintly illustrated rhyming stories of bad habits and their dire consequences.