A brutally honest children's book cover.

A brutally honest children's book cover.
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A brutally honest children's book cover.

Here's a great way to tell your kids that all they have to do is try their best, and they too will feel bitter and jaded when they eventually give up completely. "But Daddy, why did those townspeople build a railroad over a mountain, anyway? Everyone knows you're supposed to go around it." Exactly, son. You've just learned a very important lesson. You'll never accomplish anything because the world is a terrible place and you're completely surrounded by incompetence. Sweet dreams.

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