Challenged Works

The Waiting Dog

By Carolyn Beck and Andrea Beck


2006 — In Ontario, a parent complained to the Burlington Public Library about this children’s picture book.

Objection — The parent described the book as “revolting” and “vile.” The parent objected to depictions of violence and said that the work was age inappropriate.

Update — The library responded with a letter that explained that the “offbeat humour” in the book might not be to everyone’s taste. The letter added that the book met the selection standards of the library and that not every book will be appropriate for every child or family. The library’s picture book collection contained titles for a wide variety of ages and tastes. The library relied on parents, the letter said, to screen library materials for their children. The library also retained The Waiting Dog in its collection with no change to its classification or department.

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