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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:55 am
Children’s Books Not Necessarily Kid Stuff
Posted by: Keir Graff

Reading Read Roger this morning, I found a link to a helpful list of controversial children’s books in The New Yorker (“Inappropriate,” by Paul Rudnick). For example:

"The Pretty Little Bunny"

Melissa, the pretty little bunny, woke up one morning in May and said, "I think I’ll hop-hop-hop over to the carrot patch. I’m so pretty that all of the carrots will jump right out of the ground to see me."

"You are very pretty," said Melissa’s Bunny Mommy. "But your sister is pretty, too, and she doesn’t spend all of her time looking at herself in the mirror."

"But is she as pretty as me?" asked Melissa. "Just look at my vagina."

Certainly not all of these titles will be appropriate for every collection, but they’re sure to spark lively debate!

One Response to “Children’s Books Not Necessarily Kid Stuff”
  1. Keir Says:

    Carolyn Phelan forwarded another humorous response to me. I like it. Simple, yet eloquent.


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