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Monday 23 April 2012

Children's Books removed from libraries

Public libraries are said to be removing some childrens' books deemed to be inappropriate. Amongst those withdrawn include much loved Roald Dahl stories such as 'The Twits' and 'Revolting Rhymes '. In Lewisham, Herge's adventures of Tintin was considered too racist, whilst Ali Baba and the forty thieves was thought to be too sinister.
I remember that my love of reading was promoted by the adventures of Biggles and the Billy Bunter stories, two books likely to be targetted because the former will be deemed too warlike and the second a damaging stereotype for obese students. I think the move is terribly depressing and parents who object to the titles should be told that they are the problem and not the books. Heaven knows what they would make of the title of my 'O' level English Literature novel- 'The Nigger of the Narcissus' by Joseph Conrad. How times have changed!

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