Creepy Kids with Tools

i can use tools cover

I Can Use Tools
Kesselman and Peterson

I am all about maker type materials and info for kids in the public library setting. This book is pretty basic and does outline the most common tools. Good idea. However, the more I looked at this book, the more creeped out I became because of the illustrations of the kids. What is with the eyes and the duck-like faces? Then it was the hands in the picture below. I thought the hands were completely out of proportion and then I thought she had 6 fingers until I looked closely. Just no.

Text is fine, it is just these creepy kids. (They will probably grow up to be professional clowns.)


kids using hands

kids planning a building project

boy using screwdriver


  1. Edwardia Scissorhands! (top pic after the cover). And all the children look like ventriloquist dummies.

  2. I see the Joker and Harley Quinn finally got married and had a couple of kids. Where are the instructions for making exploding wind-up toys and joy buzzers that literally electrocute people?

    1. Actually, it’s canon that Joker & Harley did have a kid that she didn’t tell Mr. J about. Her sister is raising her.

  3. They will probably grow up to be professional clowns.
    And, as regular readers know, a more terrifying fate cannot be imagined.

  4. I swear I saw her on “The Twilight Zone”: “My name is Talky Tina and I am going to kill you…”

  5. “See this bolt? I’m not hurting it. What makes you think I’ll hurt your fingers? That bloodstain? No, no — just rust, I swear!”

  6. Elongated nose bridges. Perfect for depicting sufferers of Down Syndrome, I swear.

    As one editor I know might say: “Who ever convinced you that this was ever a good idea?”

  7. It appears that the current convention of depicting demons with solid black eyes first showed up in the 90s (see, so maybe we can give this book a pass. (Although, to be honest, those illustrations would still have been creepy 35 years ago.)

    1. It’s not just the eyes. It’s the sameness of the faces, the arching eyebrows, the triangular smiles…

  8. “Y’know the thing about a shark, he’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’… until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then… oh, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin'”

    Yep; that sums it up.

  9. There’s something Captain and Tennille-ish about the girl on the cover – as if she is both in one.

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