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How to ruin a children’s book in 140 characters

Twitter is vandalizing your most innocent memories.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Lifelong readers love to reminisce about the books they grew up on, but as hardened, cynical adults, they’re also willing to face up to the gritty realities of life not often featured in children’s literature. Combine the two impulses and you’ve got the Twitter hashtag #RuinAChildrensBook, which originated on a #HashtagWars segment of the comedic game show @midnight

It is, as you’ll see, a rather self-explanatory (and Photoshop-friendly) concept.

Why is Mommy Moaning?#ruinachildrensbook

— J Ladrae (@jladrae) March 25, 2014


— Jacob Perkins (@Perk_Perkins) March 25, 2014

I’m not sure I can #RuinAChildrensBook here. pretty sure it ruined itself, or someones childhood…

— Carlin Dennis (@carlin_dennis) March 25, 2014

My first dirty book, always wanted the scratch and sniff version #RuinAChildrensBook

— James Harrison (@Ballchinian69) March 25, 2014


— Cody. (@Cody_Bosh1O17) March 25, 2014

*book cover* RT @paulscheer: The Cat in Pharrel’s Hat #RuinAChildrensBook @midnight

— darth™ (@darth) March 25, 2014

*book cover* RT @nycsouthpaw: Oh, The Places You’ll Go No. 2 #RuinAChildrensBook @midnight

— darth™ (@darth) March 25, 2014

*book cover* RT @paulandstorm: [P] The Phantom Menace Tollbooth #RuinAChildrensBook @midnight

— darth™ (@darth) March 25, 2014

#ruinachildrensbook Frog and toad together

— Got Ashley? (@ashtweetsthat) March 25, 2014

My First Cavity Search #RuinAChildrensBook

— Unite Right (@UniteRight) March 25, 2014

#RuinAChildrensBook Little miss teenage pregnancy

— ☜NadiahLuvsNutella (@NaDiah_Ash) March 25, 2014


— British Logic (@BritishLogic) March 25, 2014


— MΔ†TGÖØN (@MattBloodyGoon) March 25, 2014

#RuinAChildrensBook Arthur…

— Allison_Marie1 (@allisonmarie001) March 25, 2014

Where the Girls Gone Wild Things @midnight #ruinachildrensbook

— Shannon (@schoolgirlshay) March 25, 2014

It’s a sure bet that, in addition to spoiling an untold number of kids’ classics, this joke also ruined some poor librarian’s day. Is not even Judy Blume sacred?  

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