September 21, 2003

James and the Giant Peach

AUTHOR: Roald Dahl
ISBN: 0140374248
Plot Summary: Another Dahl children's classic, wherein James escapes mistreatment at the hands of his two, evil aunts by running away with insects in a giant peach.
Complaints: Language, drugs, inappropriate for age
Challenged at the Deep Creek Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor, Fla. (1991) because it is "not appropriate reading material for young children." Challenged at the Pederson Elementary School in Altoona, Wis. (1991) and at the Morton Elementary School library in Brooksville, Fla. (1992) because the book contains the word "ass" and "promotes" the use of drugs (tobacco, snuff) and whiskey. Removed from classrooms in Stafford County, Va. Schools (1995) and placed in restricted access in the library because the story contains crude language and encourages children to disobey their parents and other adults.
Solonor Says Ban It Because: Note to self--other kid books to ban for the same reasons:
'Pinnocchio', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Cinderella', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'...hell, why do we bother with that imagination crap anyway?
Lizard of Fun

Posted at September 21, 2003 04:57 PM


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