Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Books Week

I was so fully immersed in creating a Fawkes Halloween costume for my son today, that time got away from me, so no post. No scans. No nothing. In lieu of a review, just a reminder to celebrate all that was once or is now or is soon to be censored!

Tonight when we went to the back-to-school carnival at the high school near our house, I was happy to see an official school Quidditch team in full effect selling Butter Beer and Cauldron Cakes. Just goes to show that you can't keep a good book down.

Instead of burning literature this week, hit the library and check out these once-banned vintage books, beginning and ending with the master.

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

The Lorax by Dr. Suess

Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese

The Rabbits' Wedding by Garth Williams

Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

(And have a pint of Butter Beer on me!)


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Bad Ronald said...

LOVE Five Chinese Brothers. I was very much hooked on this book, as a kid. The image of the one boy who swallowed the ocean intrigued me. I enjoyed reading it, again, only to my two little girls. My wife thought it was a little much for a 4 and 3 year old.

ahoi! said...

Don't forget Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, banned in some states because Steig depicted the police characters as uniformed pigs.
In his own defence, Steig wrote to The New York Times: “I am not the kind of man who would trouble children with political propaganda.”

Burgin Streetman said...

What a wonderful thing for him to say. I love that guy! He would definitely be at my dream dinner.

ahoi! said...

If you haven't seen it, here's a great post on Steig, with a transcript of his Caldecott acceptance speech.

Swati said...

I'd never have imagined these books were banned!

On an unrelated note, since I have been reading posts in the reader for a while, I missed out on the lovely new header photo you have. Very well composed and shot!

And will we have the costume photos over at the other blog? Heading there!

Burgin Streetman said...

later this morning Swati I'll have some work-in-progress shots up!

Anonymous said...

Also, the banned but wonderful Little Black Sambo (& sequels) by Helen Bannerman.

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