Sammy told of the day when he had drank half a gallon of rum listening to Johnny Cash all day in his parked '62 Cadillac, then fallen out of the car when he saw a rattlesnake biting his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.shock-jock Howard Stern, saying she and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, were just pushing to see how far they could go for the fun of it. Never mind that The Higher Power of Lucky is one of the smartest, most joyful, most brilliant children's books ever -- destined to become a classic. Never mind that the word is a perfectly respectable term for a body part -- and that we're talking about a dog. And never mind that Lucky, probably like most kids, doesn't know what the word means. But she thinks it sounds like something you might cough up when you're sick, "something medical and secret, but also important."
In an interview that year, Patron called the flapdoodle "a form of arrogance" on the part of librarians, who ought to be curators, not decidinators: "Our job as librarians is to connect kids with books and information," she said. It's for parents to decide what their own children should be reading from the larger pool.
It's Banned Books Week, folks. Go buy yourself one and read it to any kids you have handy. UPDATE: And please read Sommer Leigh's incredible, eloquent essay on why even the grittiest books for teenagers are so vitally important.