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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 30

Day 30 – A Book That Was Banned at Some Point

For this prompt I’ve actually picked three books and they are all children’s books.

I can’t actually believe these books were banned at any point but apparently we live in a very cautious and suspicious world.

Three books that were banned at some point are The Lorax by Dr. Suess, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

Honestly I’m surprised anyone went so far as to ban these books, but alas its a strange world we live in.

In 1989, The Lorax was banned in a school in California because they believed it would cause children to turn against the forestry industry because it portrayed it in a poor light. In fact, members of the logging community were so upset that they sponsored the publication of a book called The Truax in an attempt to show children the need for foresting.

The Once-ler is believed to represent the greed of Americans who want the latest and greatest products at all times regardless of the consequences. The story is therefore seen to be an excessive portrayal of consumerism.

The Lorax has never been more important than it is today. Children should be aware of cause and effect about the environment. It’s never been more vital.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Where The Wild Things Are is one of my favourite childrens books so I was surprised to see that it made the list of banned books. Immediately after its publication in 1963 it received criticism as it was believed it to be psychologically damaging and traumatizing to young children due to Max’s inability to control his emotions and his punishment of being sent to bed without dinner. It was dubbed to be “too dark” and contain elements of witchcraft and the supernatural.

Inside all of us is hope, fear and adventure.

Inside all of us is a wild thing.

Finally, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The movie creeped me out a little when I was younger but I loved the book, just as I did all of Roald Dahl’s books. But as it turns out, James and the Giant Peach has been banned and challenged several times for being “too scary for its age range.” The aunts were kind of terrifying and their death by the Rhino definitely stayed with me for a long time but this was apparently exceptionally scary. The story was also believed to promote disobedience on children and, in some extreme criticisms, make reference to communism(!).

I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.

Honestly, these are all completely ridiculous and people need to get off their high horses and stop getting offenses at the drop of a hat.

Until next time.

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"We live and breathe words." I'm Louise and this is my place for all things bookish. Here is a place for reviews and recommendations and discussion. Send me any book recommendations for reviews.

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