The Mutt’s Nuts
The current censorship debate is, as usual, fuelled mainly by people who haven’t read the book – The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron – and have no intention of reading it.
Dana Nilsson, for example, a teacher and librarian from Durango, Colorado, does not seem to have noticed that the objectionable word in the book – scrotum – applies to the anatomy of a dog. “I don’t want to start an issue about censorship,” she writes. “But you won’t find men’s genitalia in quality literature . . . At least not for children.”
The book, which won this year’s Newbery Medal, America’s highest honour for children’s literature, has prompted America’s conservative educationalists and librarians to express their objections and, in some cases, to remove it from their shelves or refuse to stock it.
The author of the book, Susan Patron, is also a librarian. You can read her own response to the debate at http://www.publishersweekly.com/
Dave Quayle, who pointed me to the above article, comments, noting different attitudes in the UK and the USA: “I suspect every children’s librarian I’ve ever known (and I married one) will welcome it.“