Interesting to read the reasons for challenging/banning James and the Giant Peach.

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake

Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. 978-0-375-81424-2

Reason for challenge/ban: Magic/witchcraft, communism advocacy, racism, drug/alcohol references, offensive language

Synopsis: After his parents are killed in a terrible rhinoceros accident, James Henry Trotter goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. The two women feel no affection for James and make him do most of their chores and sleep in a tiny room with a very small window. One day in the garden, James is met by a peculiar stranger who hands him a bag of magic worms, telling him that if he eats them, wonderful things will happen to him. Unfortunately, James trips over the roots of the old peach tree on the way to the house, spilling the contents of the bag and causing extraordinary things to happen. A peach begins to grow from…

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  1. Magic and witchcraft? As I recall, James dropped the bag and the things fell into the ground and made the peach really big. He wasn’t even DOING anything. He just dropped a bunch of green things into the soil and they happened to make the peach bigger. I thought it was merely a comment on how you can’t expect problems to be solved like magic- take matters into your own hands. I don’t think it REALLY had anything to do with witchcraft/magic. Some people are too literal and uptight. What next? Banning Go Ask Alice because it mentions drug use?

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