In case you are the last person in the continental U.S. who hadn’t yet heard this news, there’s a new movie version of the Dr. Seuss classic, “The Lorax” hitting theaters tomorrow. The movie’s premiere date just happens to fall on the birthday of Theodore Geisel (AKA: Suess), who was born on March 2 of 1904.
With all of the mainstream pop culture fanfare around the release of the new Lorax movie, it’s easy to forget that the history of the book behind the film is quite a controversial one. Yep, that’s right, “The Lorax” was and still is considered subversive, PRO-TREE propaganda by quite a few folks.
First published in 1971, The Lorax has stirred up critics ever since. In fact, in 1989, a California school district attempted to actually ban the children’s tale because it was deemed to “criminalize” the logging industry. And as recently as last week, Lou Dobbs of Fox News complained that the new Lorax movie is just another example of leftie Hollywood types trying to “indoctrinate” our children.
But The Lorax is not alone; many other books for kids and teens have had their own critics and controversies. Thus, in honor of radical propagandist Dr. Seuss’s birthday, here’s my round-up of some of the best, most highly controversial children’s books out there.
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How about you? Are there any controversial books for children or teens that you love? Were there any books that you yourself wanted to read as a child or teen that your parents, pastor or school librarian disallowed? Are there any books that you won’t let your own children read, and if so, why?
Let’s talk controversial kids’ books in the comments below.
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