f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: <i>Goodnight, Moon</i> Controversy

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Goodnight, Moon Controversy

"What," you ask, "could be controversial about the children's book, Goodnight, Moon?

This.

They've digitally removed the cigarette from the illustrator photo of Clement Hurd at the back of the book. Kate Jackson, editor in chief of Harper Collins children says, "It is potentially a harmful message to very young kids and it doesn't need to be there."

Apparently tampering with history has irritated some purists who've launched a website campaign. Their tagline is "Reject the selective histories of corporate Stalinists!" which is so over-the-top that it has to be a joke.

I'm forgoing any actual work on aquisitions for the near future and will merely be trying to drum up some kind of controversy for our books here. For instance, did you know that T.L. Hines is a clownist? He threatens and demeans clowns for kicks and giggles. Now could the NYTimes do an article on it for their book section?