Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"Politically Suspect" Children's Lit

John Crace takes on "politically suspect" children's literature for the Guardian.

Babar is the first target: "Having returned from Paris to the African jungle in 1931, he promptly built a city modelled on western architecture and forced all his subjects to wear western dress. Any notions of regime change are banished firmly from the page as Babar has never even bothered to go through the charade of a rigged democratic election."

Other works with questionable politics? Tintin, Biggles, and many of the works of Enid Blyton.