(I don’t know why, but while trying to fall asleep, this post came almost fully-formed into my head.)
As a reader/ librarian’s daughter/someone who believes in, you know, personal decisions, I do not look too kindly upon those who would ban books. And, often, the books that come under objection are ones that most of us would see as completely innocuous. I can just imagine (cue dream sequence music):
Innocuous book: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
Imaginary book-banner: “Rabbits who can speak?! Clearly they’ve made a deal with the devil!”
Innocuous book: “Goodnight, Moon”
Imaginary book-banner: “Saying goodnight to the moon? Obviously a pagan ritual.”
Innocuous book: “The Cat in the Hat”
Imaginary book-banner: “Duh. Everyone knows cats are in league with witches.”
Looking at some of the books on this list of the 100 Most-Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000, though, I’m not sure how far-fetched my jokey scenarios are. I’ve read many of these books (my beloved “A Wrinkle in Time” is included), most of them when I was a child, and at least so far, there have been no ill effects.
Feel free (freedom is good!) to share your thoughts/add satirical excoriations of unobjectionable books.
”Guernsey,” written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows, is an epistolary novel (in the form of letters) about Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her communications with the citizens of Guernsey, a island in the English Channel. Though the story takes place just after World War II, the tone is– for the most part– light and pleasant. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, though.
“Revenge of the Spellmans,” by Lisa Lutz, is the third in a series of humorous mysteries focusing on Isabel Spellman, P.I., and her family. It was an enjoyable read, as all the books have been, but I thought “Curse of the Spellmans,” the second book, was funnier and had a better mystery.
~ Hollister (See my friend Omawarisan’s post. Actually, check out his whole blog. He’s very funny. :))
~ mom jeans
~ put on your big boy/big girl pants
I am not
A paper napkin
To be used
And casually tossed aside
I am smart
And funny and kind
I am cloth
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(I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but I have been extra-special procrastinatory lately (though, as you can see, I did find time to invent a new word :p).)
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A few weeks ago, as I do occasionally, I was looking through a school memory book. It’s full of tests, report cards, drawings, and other assorted things (among them, a literal LOL-inducing letter to then-President Reagan), including a few poems, and since it’s been so poetry-centric around here lately (ahem, when I’ve posted), I thought it would be cute (and hopefully not self-indulgent) to post one of my ‘early works.’ It’s from June 2, 1988; I was just about to turn 8 1/2:
Funny, creative, smart
Writing, drawing, walking