Where Willy Went
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Hilariously funny, warm, and endearing, this is a picture book that appeals on different levels to both children and grown-ups. We all know that having to poop can get in the way of our fun, but when you gotta go, well, you go. Apparently, kids don't always feel this way, and some are afraid to poop and tend to hold it in. It Hurts When I Poop by Howard J. Bennett is a book about a kid named Ryan whose fear of experiencing pain while he poops encourages him to hold it in, thinking it will all just magically disappear on its own. Of course, he can't do this forever, and eventually he has to do the deed. So, as the story goes, "Sometimes it came out as hard little balls. Other times in came out as one big ball." Yes, that's an actual quote from the book. A modern fairy tale with a difference. Having turned down every princess paraded before him, the prince falls in love with another prince and the story ends with them kissing. In the USA, the book was taken to court but the judge dismissed the case, saying "Diversity is a hallmark of our nation”. A sequel, in which the happy couple adopts an orphaned girl, also not surprisingly, caused controversy.
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But, when the day arrives, will Willy be able to swim faster than his 300 million friends? He'll have to if he stands a chance of meeting the marvellous egg. This story is about a sperm named Willy. It is a humorous and simplified version of 'where babies come from'. The story begins by focusing on Willie, the sperm, and moves on to how Willie lived inside Mr. Browne but moved into Mrs. Browne. Willie swims in a race to get out of Mr. Browne and enters into an egg where he lives and grows and grows until he is bigger than Mrs. Browne's tummy. This story has simple statistical information, diagrams, and pictures of a growing fetus. The story ends with how Willie disappeared and became Edna, a little girl, who had similarities to Willie.
This tale “about first love, first sex, and everything in between” saw the author have his invite to talk to the students at Manchester High School for Girls withdrawn. The Head Teacher considered the book’s themes to be “inappropriate”, although the author believed it was the prospect of dealing with irate parents that had influenced the Head more. This was one of my very favourite middle-grade book series when I was still middle grade, and I was surprised to see it on ALA’s list. The series follows smart bookworm Anastasia through her pre-teen and teen years. The series does have a lot of references to realistic aspects of teen life: drinking, sex, stuffing one’s bra…Like Judy Blume, Lois Lowry has the distinction of appearing more than once on this ALA list. Her book The Giveralso appears. This is a well know and well loved classic. I chose it because it makes people think about the ideas of freedom of speech and censorship if such an innocent children's book could be banned." Ruth, North Yorkshire. Considered to be one of the best ever young adult novels, it comes fourth in America’s list of banned books 1990-2000. Dealing with high school gang culture, the main challenges were on the grounds of sexual content, violence and bad language. One school board noted the instances of causes for concern: “For Christ’s sake, bastard (24), Jesus (numerous), Christ (numerous), goddamn (10), hell (numerous), son of a bitch (4), shit/bullshit (5), queer, homo, fairy, etc.”. While arguing the book should not be in the library, the school accepted it could be easily bought in any local book shop, which might have suggested that banning the book was pointless.
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I'm sure most parents wouldn't want to read this to their kids. But people like me who have no interest in hiding how sex and reproduction work will enjoy it. As an adult, I liked this book. I felt it was a new and interesting way to convey the same old "birds and bees" information. However, as a parent, I do agree with the banning of this book in public school libraries. I feel this book is too graphic for any and every child to be able to pull off the shelf. I think this book would be much more appropriate if used with parental consent and while I do not feel that this book provides incorrect information, I think that it should be the parents choice as to when and how their children come across this type of information. This picture book is based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who is now a teenager. Jazz knows she is a girl who loves pink and dressing up like a mermaid, even though her family is a little confused until they visit a doctor. From there, the book explains what it means to be transgender with simple language and appealing illustrations. Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to guess why this book has been challenged by parents in some areas—but in response, there have also been supportive readings of the book organized across the U.S. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis When he was 12 he made a model of a galleon out of a walnut shell which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Hilariously funny, warm, and playful, this is a picture book that appeals to both children and grown-ups.This Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata was banned in several Chinese cities including Beijing. The official reason given for the ban was to protect the "physical and mental health" of students from horror material that "misleads innocent children and distorts their mind and spirit." Nope. This sperm named Willy is indeed on the banned book lists. I'm guessing that though this copy does show wear and tear, the wrong people (book-burners) just haven't stumbled upon it . . . yet. The book not only attempts to normalize gay parenting but also describes how the biological mother gets impregnated from donated sperm. It was this and the use of words such as vagina, sperm and womb that some found unacceptable and the book has been challenged repeatedly in the US. I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much by Judith Vigna is a Christmas story told by Lisa, who seems to want to rain on her father's boozy parade by demanding he actually go sledding with her like he'd promised. Doesn't she know parents are always making promises they have no intention on keeping? Sounds like little Lisa needs a wakeup call. Oh Lord! This book is awesome to talk about reproduction with kids between 6 or 7 years (i guess). I'm the kind of person who thinks that you must talk about sex to the kids since they're little, giving the themes according to their age, and this book is awesome for that purpouse. Isn't si explicit but is clear enough.
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Frank and funny . . . Takes young children, skipping and whooping, out from under the gooseberry bush Independent This collection of poetry was challenged mainly due to two of its poems. "How Not To Have to Dry the Dishes" was said to encourage messiness and disobedience while "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" was objected to because it describes the death of a girl after her parents refuse to buy her a pony. The ever-popular reasons for challenges - supernatural, demons, devils and ghosts – were also voiced. Not exactly a how-to guide to get your kid to properly use the bathroom, Little Monkey's Big Pee-ing Circus by Kees de Boer has likely inspired little boys and girls to miss the toilet in attempt to create their own "Big Pee-ing Circus." The book attempts to teach kids to the difference between boy parts and girl parts, but rather than explain how each is used in reproduction, it explains how each is used to urinate. Not exactly the answer to an "age-old" question, as advertised. Instead of teaching kids why boys stand and girls squat, the book's illustrations give kids far too many game ideas involving urine. This week is Banned Books Week, the week we celebrate having the freedom to read whatever we want. Did you know that even children’s books are challenged sometimes? It’s true. You might wonder why anyone would try to ban a picture book or a young adult novel. It turns out that there are a whole lot of reasons, including parents’ desires to protect their children from things like magic (the Harry Potter series), scientifically accurate sexual education ( Where Willy Went), and even depictions of people at the beach ( Where’s Waldo?). This is a "where babies come from" book that's more silly than informational. Willy is a single sperm that's bad at math, but good at swimming. When he beats the other sperm to the egg he turns into a little girl who is also bad at math but good at swimming. A little dumb, but fun.A picture book that shows, albeit in a humorous way (the sperms wear swimming goggles), how human conception takes place. It is ironic that the author is a strong Christian but still found his book challenged. Not everyone objected. One online review read “I learned a lot from this book” – this came from a 22 year-old. Perhaps he should have read a book like this when he was younger. Willy was just your average nut sac sperm and he swims and swims and swims to practice for the big day.