School librarian says we should be discussing mean language in Roald Dahl's books, not censoring it

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, March 6, 2023 - 11:50am
Updated: Monday, March 6, 2023 - 11:54am

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Author Roald Dahl’s books are getting a bit of a rewrite.

The late author’s estate and publisher are going through his works and taking out words and phrases that some readers may find offensive.

For example, the character Augustus Gloop from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will no longer be described as “enormously fat.” Instead he’ll be called “enormous.” Similar edits are being made to other books by Dahl — his works include “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Matilda.”

His estate told the Associated Press that it worked with the publisher to make sure that Dahl’s “wonderful stories and characters continue to be enjoyed by all children today.”

The move has proven controversial, with a lot of people calling it a form of censorship.

Patricia Jimenez falls mainly in that camp. Jimenez is a high school librarian in the Phoenix area. The Show talked with her about what she makes of this effort to go back through Dahl’s books and change out some of the language.

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Patricia Jimenez
Patricia Jimenez

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