Who here remembers those classic Biff, Chip and Kipper books kids read in primary school? One adult has pointed out something quite strange in the background of one tale.
Ed Brody noticed what he described as ‘dubious scenes’ in one of the books before pointing it out on Twitter.
The illustrations in the book show character, Wilma, playing by a river – but it’s a little something taking place in the bushes behind that has people talking.
Somewhat dubious scenes spotted in the background of a friend's 4yo's school book pic.twitter.com/opF9ogsQwO
— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) September 24, 2017
Three men, previously visible and talking quite innocently on one page seemingly disappear behind a bush.
A elderly lady arrives, looks into the bush and her hat and glasses fall off with a shocked expression on her face. What is that about?
Well, plenty of people took to Twitter to comment on the situation with one describing it as a ‘cheeky bit of cottaging’.
Jees, what's going on behind the bushes? What is the message here?
— Hummingbird (@SSpiewakowski) September 24, 2017
My daughter gets those books too. They're full of "Mum got wet" and "Dad made mum very wet. Mum was cross" ????
— Nicola (@weenixxx) September 24, 2017
Omg. I hand out these books on a daily basis and never noticed. I will be looking more closely from now on ???
— Kerryann (@Kezbombs) September 24, 2017
I was taught to read with the Biff and Chip books. Knowing the artist snuck these little gems into them only gives me a deeper appreciation.
— Amie (@UnfoundSense) September 24, 2017
Cheeky bit of cottaging in children's book lol
— Ben Stoyles (@Ben_Stoyles) September 24, 2017
Hilariously, it seems this is not a one-off. People were quick to point out other scenes in the Biff, Chip and Kipper books, as well as other children’s tales.
Here’s a look at some examples:
That series of books had an illustrator who like to put stuff like that in them. I found this one a long time ago… See it? pic.twitter.com/ocoSDKk12M
— Dan Higham (@danhigham) September 24, 2017
I was surprised to find Gerry Adams at Buckingham Palace, in my son's book. pic.twitter.com/LP09joRvk8
— Michael Glasper (@michaelglasper) September 24, 2017
I found Fidel Castro in one of my old kids books! pic.twitter.com/d2IAhu8O8K
— Colin Gillespie (@raunchofu) September 24, 2017
One of my particular faves…what on earth does Nan have planned for her hunk, Jim?!?! ??? Think I'd rather not know! ?? pic.twitter.com/QrOc6VUvtM
— Alison McLaren (@alison_mclaren) September 25, 2017
Hilarious. Was it an excerpt from this? pic.twitter.com/QWQtaygAAY
— Tired&Disinterested (@Dogdirtlane) September 24, 2017
Most likely an intentional bit of something for the adults reading to their children, methinks.