Non-appropriate books?

Going from boingboing about erotica in a list that tries to protect children from bad books, I went to the original site and found the PABBIS List of Lists, with such a gem like

Books on this list may, or may not, be appropriate for your child.

. Note that the descriptions can be funny as well:

Extremely graphic (EG): cut off his head, blood gushed onto floor, splattered on wall and head bounced on the floor and his brains slowly oozed out onto the carpet in a purple gray mass.

Among the books in the Index are:

  • 1984
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • A Girl Named Disaster
  • A Way Of Love, A Way Of Life: A Young Person’s Introduction To What It Means To Be Gay
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Witches Brew
  • Almost A Woman
  • Always Running
  • Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Beloved
  • Beowulf, A New Telling
  • Black Like Me
  • Bless Me, Ultima
  • Brave New World
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Cocaine And Crack
  • Crucible
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Death of a Salesman
  • East of Eden
  • Ender’s Game
  • Everything You Need to Know About Sexual Abuse
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Hamlet
  • Heather Has Two Mommies
  • Hiroshima
  • Human Sexuality
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In Our Defence: The Bill Of Rights In Action
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • Jump Ship to Freedom
  • Latin Moon in Manhattan
  • Letters From a Slave Girl
  • Lolita
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth
  • Love In The Times Of Cholera
  • Make Lemonade
  • Matilda
  • Mom The Wolfman & Me
  • Of Mice and Men
  • One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves
  • Pedro and Me
  • Portrait of America, Vol. II
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Song of Solomon
  • Sons and Lovers
  • Steffie Can’t Come Out to Play
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Giver
  • The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher
  • The Hobbit
  • The Martian Chronicles
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Pearl
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tommy Stands Alone
  • Ulysses
  • Women In Love

Imagine giving this list to your children to read, to became acquainted with the real world, to develop both a good knowledge of English and a social conscience as well!

This list actually reads like a wishlist for me, so you know what to send me.

4 comments on “Non-appropriate books?
  1. susan says:

    so you are going to read The Giver this weekend?! We can talk about it on Sunday? yes?

    I get to teach lots of those books…lucky me.

  2. Flag says:

    hoho, it’s funny!

  3. Ana says:

    I hate canons, must-read lists, or anything of the kind. I would include many more and exclude many others. Whatever. At least, Ulysses is in it, have you read it?

  4. Camilo says:

    My friend, these are books that are considered dangerous! They might lead to thinking children, and do we want that?
    They are missing Darwin, Defoe and Dawkins, among others.

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