“I turned the page, and just thought, what the f***?,” said mum Katherine Peck.
Katherine, a sex education teacher at a school for children with specialist needs, was sitting in a doctor’s surgery waiting room with two of her three kids last week when she picked up the book.
The Croydon mum was reading Mummy Laid an Egg with her son, eight, and daughter, four. The literature is informative, if a little perplexing. It’s by legendary kids’ author Babette Cole, who, somewhat coincidentally, died in January this year.
Katherine said that she enjoyed the read – but found it a little unorthadox. As a sex educator, she’s well aware of the quizzical nature of talking about sex with youngsters. But this threw her.
“The first few pages seemed pretty normal,” Katherine told Mirror Online .
“But then it got to a bit where it talked about daddy’s seeds and I thought, ‘okay, here we go…’
“But I wasn’t prepared for the second half. It was crazy. So many different positions.
“Sex is all very well, but on a skateboard? It was so trippy, like an LSD throwback.
“There were pictures of clowns. Do kids really need to see clown sex?
“There was a woman on a f****** space hopper. I mean. I haven’t got a scooby what’s going on at this point,” added Katherine.
Katherine told me that her four-year-old remained relatively unaware, but her son, eight, was intrigued by the explicit nature of the book.
She said: “He’s been asking me all sorts. The other one didn’t really know what was happening, although she did ask me whether me and daddy dress as clowns. So that was awkward.
“I’m not disturbed, it’s hilarious really…but I’m just not sure what I make of it.”
Katherine said hadn’t come across the author before, but after doing a bit of research, now knows that she tackles ‘difficult’ topics in a light-hearted, humorous way.
She posted a few pictures of the book to Facebook – and it’s struck a chord. Some people find the whole thing amusing, others are baffled. A few people find the illustrations a little too much. Thousands of people have shared the snaps.
“Aerial acrobatics, fetish clown outfits and space hoppers (fun times!)”
“I’ve had people telling me that they grew up on this book,” Katherine told Mirror Online.
“They’re saying, ‘this is amazing, I love this’, and look, I know sex education is vital – obviously. Believe me, I’m asked some incredible questions in my job at school.
“It’s just all the positions really. I slammed the book shut when I got to the clowns – but then I had to go on. I went back to it.
“I’ve got mixed feelings at the moment.”
Katherine added that she might show her kids the book again, and added that she knows Cole is a hugely respected author.