Sorry I Ruined Your Childhood by Ben Zaehringer is a collection of comics, many of which derive inspiration from various medias many first experienced in childhood. As a Disney raised person, the ones that featured The Little Mermaid and Cinderella were the ones I recognized the most, as Zaehringer mixes in some rather dark and yet realistic humor to make us think about some aspects of the original stories that perhaps we hadn’t before.
With simple artwork, Sorry I Ruined Your Childhood exists as quick and clever commentaries on various aspects of the things we understand as children. Ironically, the one that stuck out most to me lies in the potential truth presented behind where Ariel gets her seashell bra from. I found myself giggling a bit at times throughout this book, particularly at the grammar graffiti bit–it’s hilarious, trust me–though I’ll admit that most weren’t enough to elicit a laugh. Even so, it was an enjoyable read with several at least vaguely amusing comics peppered throughout.
I don’t personally see this as a book that I’d want to buy for myself since I don’t imagine ever picking it up again. That said, I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. It’s definitely the sort of book I would have loved to pick up and thumb through while in a bookstore and I can certainly see merit to having it if you find it particularly amusing.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.