DadWagon Approves: Russian Lit for Kids

May 11th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  4 Comments

From my friend Summer (via McSweeney‘s) comes a round-up of Russian literary classics redone for small children:

Crime and Punishment

Run your hand over Raskolnikov’s scratchy face. He is feverish and pale. Raskolnikov is a murderer. Can the ends ever justify the means?

Master and Margarita
Pet Behemoth’s soft black fur. Behemoth is a giant cat who walks, talks, and discharges firearms. His owner is Satan.

Master and Margarita

Pet Behemoth’s soft black fur. Behemoth is a giant cat who walks, talks, and discharges firearms. His owner is Satan.

If these books existed, I would definitely get them for Sasha. They just better have good illustrations! Hey, Nathan, while you’re in Moscow, can you check around for what Russian kidlit is really like?


  1. Dad is in the House says:

    May 11th, 2010at 3:48 pm(#)

    That is so awesomely rad! Makes me want to use my French degree again :)

  2. beta dad says:

    May 12th, 2010at 1:45 pm(#)

    I wish someone would have shown me that years ago. Would have save months of laborious reading.


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