James and the giant peach book banned
James and the Giant Peach - Best Sellers Banned: WHY?James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl tells the story of four-year-old James, who lives with his loving parents in a cottage in the south of England. Around the house James is treated as a worker and beaten for hardly any reason, improperly fed, and forced to sleep on bare floorboards in the attic. One summer afternoon when he is crying in the bushes, James stumbles across a man who gives him a sack of magic crocodile tongues and promises that if James mixes the contents with a jug of water and ten hairs from his own head, the result will be a potion which will bring him happiness and great adventures. James trips and spills the sack onto a peach tree outside his home, which had previously never given fruit. The tree becomes enchanted and begins to blossom. One reader comments that the short book is very empowering to children because it uses the power of storytelling to show that no matter how bad things may seem, or how bad they get, there is always hope and teaches kids valuable problem-solving skills. Still, it has been banned for being too scary for the targeted age group, mysticism, sexual inferences, profanity, racism, references to tobacco and alcohol, and claims that it promotes disobedience, drugs, and communism.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Read Aloud Chapters 17-22
Banned & Challenged Books
Roald Dahl knew how to capture the imaginations of children, and he always respected them as readers. In painting with broad strokes, Dahl makes life feel true to kids, who have little control over their days. Add to Bag. When a boy is caught stealing cake, the Trunchbull makes him eat an entire cake in front of his assembled classmates. You have to stand.
Once upon a time, a little boy went on a magical adventure. Except I'm betting it was all in his head because this is some crazy crap featuring bugs, giant produce, and murder in the clouds. Florida - Challenged at Deep Creek Elementary in Charlotte Harbor for "not appropriate reading material for young children. Wisconsin - Challenged at Pederson Elemntary School in Altoona for use of the word "ass" and the parts with wine, tobacco, and snuff. Challenged at the Morton Elementary School library in Brooksville because it promotes drugs and whiskey and has a foul word. Hernando County, Florida - a woman in Hernando County, Florida, took issue with Grasshopper's statement, "I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by a Mexican! Her complaints to her year-old daughter's school principal led to review by the regional school board.
Granted, the evil abusive aunts Sponge and Spiker in James and the Giant Peach are crushed to death by said oversized fruit, but is that really more disturbing than the poetic justice that awaits the four children in Willy Wonka's factory? At least the aunts aren't taunted in song after their collective demise. Not that most kids who read the works of Roald Dahl are bothered by such distinctions. There's a dark, cartoonish quality to his childrens book that gloss over the unseemly side of his work. They remind me of Wile E. Coyote cartoons, actually.