'Max and Moritz' by Wilhelm Busch

Max and Moritz is the story of two naughty boys who play mean-spirited pranks on the neighbours, including removing planks from a bridge, making local chicken eat strings so they die entangled together and almost killing a tailor. They come to a bad end when they slit open sacks of farmers’ corn and end up stuffed into those sacks and ground into pieces. Not the most charming story for a child to read!