Don’t let the cancel mob come for Roald Dahl — kids need his darkness
Some of the best children’s stories are littered with violence. The Brothers Grimm gave us Hansel and Gretel, in which “godless witches” are “miserably burnt to death” after trying to bake little children, and The Old Man and the Dog Dish, in which shivering grandparents are forced to eat out of troughs. Being parked in front of Watership Down on a rainy afternoon was an experience I’ll never forget — reading the book alone, without the comfort of a sofa’s worth of cousins, was even more upsetting...
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