And now for something completely different. . .
It seems that The Stupids series of books by Harry Allard is on the list of the top 100 most challenged/banned books. How sad it is that adults are keeping children from seeing the humorous art by James Marshall in this series. For those who don’t know, the Stupids are a naive bunch who tend to make social faux pas. Even though they are far from “normal” or “average”, their affection for each other is evident. It seems beyond ridiculous that this series wouldn’t be available in a town library for a child to discover and enjoy.
Allard and Marshall also collaborated on one of my favorites as a child, Miss Nelson is Missing. I loved Marshall’s drawings when I was younger and I’m sure his work had some impact on my childhood desire to grow up to be a illustrator living in Australia.