Appalling Literature or a Children’s Book?

7 09 2012

So in my many jobs that I have held I find myself again working with children. Which with my sights set on being a children’s author this is pretty well okie dokie by me. What I’m not fine with is having an adorable little tyke trot up to me and deposit a book in my lap. The issue isn’t in that they want me to read the book, I absolutely love verbal storytelling. My problem comes in that of all the books they had to pick this one…

Oh sure it was all cute and nice to begin with. The illustrations are well done and the story line is relatable and engaging. I began to read this book aloud when I came to THIS…

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The bully character in this book is named Micky Badazz… yup that’s right Badazz….Now this book is marketed as an appropriate book to read to your lovely innocent four year old. Alright, ok, since when is it acceptable to include thinly veiled adult language in a book that is geared for children barley older than toddlers? In my opinion it’s never ok to do this. As a matter of fact I find it down right appalling, contemptible and find the author to be in bad taste. For shame on you Damon Burnard! I was so irked by his blatant disregard for his audience that I immediately started flipping through the book to find out what other hazardous material I would have to watch out for. The name appeared two or three more times but that was it. Poor little tyke looked up at me while I was skimming the rest of the story and proceeded to inform me that “I can’t hear it when you’re not reading the story.” Sorry bub… just keeping your best interests at heart.

It is because of ridiculous junk like this that my mission to be a children’s author is impressed even more upon me. If there is one thing I cannot stand its people who find it amusing to callous the innocent to mature things. Sure you might think that I’m over reacting. Its only one word right? Well what happens after that one word? I’ll tell you what happens… the next thing you know it will be larger more life altering issues, not just creating filthy vocabularies… no it will be sex, drugs, money, power, greed… once the misuse these things is made acceptable it leads to the break down of social structure and to moral decay. Look what’s already being presented to your teenagers on TV…. Look what’s starting to creep its way into your 4 year old’s books…..

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3 responses

9 09 2012
Polly Robinson

Wouldn’t be my first choice for a character name for sure

9 09 2012
MarinaSofia

Another thing that annoys me in children’s books is the way that being naughty is glorified. I know there have always been naughty children in literature, but nowadays it seems a bit excessive and gratuitous. And do they learn their lesson? Not sure. And it does put ideas into children’s heads (or is it just mine?) I don’t much like Horrid Henry, for instance, and he is the mildest of a very bad lot. One that I do like is ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ – he and his friends do a lot of naughty things, but it’s not deliberate, it’s just because they don’t think about consequences, so it’s much more charmingly done.

2 10 2012
Annette Cotton

Don’t just write books – teach life lessons and build character. Sounds like you are on your way!! ❤

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