Rebel Books

Friday, October 14, 2011


Through the ages, children's books have been used to entertain, educate, socialize and indoctrinate. People often disagree (strongly and loudly), however, about whether a given book is educating or indoctrinating. Brooke spoke with Philip Nel, who co-edited a new anthology called Tales for Little Rebels, a review of radical children's literature from the 20th century.


Oddisee - "Chocolate City Dreaming"

Comments [4]

Mark Richard from Columbus, Ohio

"Radical children's literature". This is apparently is not a parody of a public radio segment produced by some conservative site trying to point out the . . . the . . . exotic tastes (politics as lifestyle component, like being a foodie) of OTM and other NPR programs. In fact, though NPR has become sensitive to the political hobbyhorses of its staff, OTM and others remain almost impossible to parody or caricature.

Oct. 21 2011 01:02 PM
Nick Sweeney from Cincinnati

All the talk of Dr. Seuss and no mention of his most controversial (and probably best) book, The Butter Battle Book?

The Zooks and Yooks are both disappointed.

Oct. 20 2011 11:36 PM
ML from Utah

I find the paranoia about depictions of wizardry very scary. Didn't these people read fairy tales when they were young?

Oct. 18 2011 09:32 PM
Judy Davis from Seattle - with hopes of going to the Quidditch World Cup

The reason for the banning of the Harry Potter books is not the good versus evil but rather the witchcraft and wizardry. My mother jumped on to that Christian bandwagon when Sorcerer's Stone came out. Christians apparently thought there would be a whole generation of witches and wizards and Christians just do not like witches and wizards. I would say that, of course, that scenario never came to pass, except for the Quidditch World Cup is going to be held in New York's Randall's Island in November. So, obviously there is a whole other world parallel to us muggles (jk!jk!).

Sincerely, a Potterhead

Oct. 16 2011 11:45 PM

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