Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories
1964 (original copyright 1928)
An alert reader of this blog was so excited to share this book. She remembered being fascinated as a child by these somewhat gruesome, guilt inducing stories. This was a multi-volume set of bedtime stories originally published in the 1920s by Arthur Maxwell. Most of them with an object lesson that was downright shameless manipulation. Didn’t help with dishes? Your mom probably will die. Didn’t help with chores? Dad will probably die. Selfish and greedy? Someone will die. Given the rather gruesome lessons, I can see many parents and children wanting this type of material. (Uncle Arthur has been brought into the 21st century with a modern website!)
I have included one of these fine stories. Can someone say Story Time?