Forbidden Fruit

Do you seek out the forbidden? Are you secretly thrilled to be reading something disapproved of? Did you know that many of the books now considered world favourites, were banned in many countries? Nope this isn’t another blog post about 50 Shades, but about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh and even Where’s Wally? Yep, books, children’s books no less that were banned and some in parts of the UK.

Most adults can remember being read Winnie the Pooh as a child, however, I never realised it was once banned because the animals spoke! ‘That’s bonkers!’ I hear you cry. To us in an age and country where we have a wide variety and freedom of choice as to what we read it seems so. But, in many parts of the world and the most vocal probably being America this isn’t an unusual reason used for protecting young minds.

Want to hear some more? Here we go…..

Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak was banned in the 1960’s for promoting the supernatural.

The Lorax – Dr Seuss was banned for what some believed to be an anti-logging message.

Where’s Waldo?  – Martin Handford was banned from many schools when people started to spot sunbathers in the nip.

Before you all rush off to find old copies of Where’s Wally? and begin the search for sunbathers, my absolute favourite reason for banning a children’s book is the following:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  – Roald Dahl

Reason: Poor philosophy of life.

I kid you not this was the belief of a Colorado Library.

When you join us on twitter tonight, keep in mind your childhood favourites. Were they considered acceptable by all? Do you love them all the more for being considered a bit risky by some? Are you appalled by the thought that your most loved childhood book was banned at all?

Pop onto twitter tonight at 8pm to tell what you think using #NPTFree

Happy Reading


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“Books were despised by the Viking Tribes, as they were seen as a horrible civilizing influence and a threat to the barbarian culture.”
― Cressida CowellA Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons

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