As part of our tribute to The Office today, we excerpt an interview with Rainn Wilson who has played Dwight Schrute on the show for the past nine years. In the excerpt we play a clip of a scene from the “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” episode in which Dwight is reading to kids from the 1845 German children’s book Der Struwwelpeter, a book known for it’s appalling stories about what happens to bad children who don’t behave. It was written by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman, a Frankfurt physician, as a Christmas present for his three year old son.
Above, an animation from the Struwwelpeter story “The Story of Little Suck-A-Thumb.” WARNING - It’s pretty gruesome. Even though it’s based on a story from a children’s book, you may not find it fit for children. Interested?
Incidentally, “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” was written by Mindy Kaling and Greg Daniels, an interview with whom we also excerpt today.