Challenged Works

Mog and the Granny

By Judith Kerr


2008—A patron challenged this children’s illustrated story book about a cat in the Greater Victoria Public Library in B.C. The book is part of a popular series of books published in Britain.

Objection—The patron said the text is racist because it refers to “Red Indians.”

Update—The library’s collection development committee reviewed the book. The committee decided that “the narrative and illustrations are indeed dated and, if not deliberately racist, certainly demeaning according to current standards.” Although 450 people had borrowed the library’s five copies of the book between 1996 and 2008, the library put Mog and the Granny into the recycling bin.

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