In my last post, I talked about the fairy tale characters that frightened us most as children. These characters were all story book ‘villains’ – designed to be scary.  However, as I said last time, children can often respond to concepts and images in ways that adults don’t predict. In the 15 years that I’ve been documenting Ladybird Books (and readers’ responses to them), I’ve heard from lots of people who tell me they were terrified of things in the books which were NOT intended to alarm.  Some of these alternative fears come up repeatedly.

So I’ve put together a slideshow of some of these unwitting villains.  Did you feel the same about any of them?