Little Miss Trouble ? There’ll be trouble from me….

Page showing violence in the childrens' book Little Miss Trouble

This book should be withdrawn

 

I sent this email today to Egmont Publishing:

 

Dear Madams and Sirs,

Er, what century are we in again?

Oh, that’s right, it’s the 21st Century.  Where we have learnt that hitting children teaches them that violence is the answer, so we don’t do that any more.  We understand, don’t we, that leading by example and positive role models is the best way to create a positive future for our planet.

So I was utterly horrified when I opened a Little Miss book yesterday evening, given to my four-year-old for her birthday last week, to find it promoting violence as a strategy.  I started reading the story and almost choked on the words at the point where Mr Uppity, having been told a lie by nasty Little Miss Trouble, punches Mr Small in the eye.  And so the violence and nastiness goes on.

Really, you need to get this book out of your back-catalogue and burn the remains.

I was dubious about the book from the start. A character who thinks it’s funny to bad-mouth people and tell lies about them?  More characters who believe every bad thing they are told about a person and march off to rein violence upon them?  And then a pair who, in revenge, gang up and torture the misguided instigator for an extended period of time?

“A taste of her own medicine?”

I think it’s time to revisit whether Little Miss Trouble really has a place in book shops.  Don’t you?

I look forward to hearing your action plan.

Yours faithfully,

Naomi Madelin

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4 thoughts on “Little Miss Trouble ? There’ll be trouble from me….

  1. Are you kidding me? The whole point of the story is to say that troublemakers should be punished for their actions! It’s called Crime and Punishment! Don’t those words mean anything? I think Roger Hargreaves would be spinning in his grave!

  2. This article of yours is absolutely stupid and pointless, why would you e-mail Egmont Publishing UK demanding to ban Little Miss Trouble?

    You can’t ban and withdraw a Little Miss title, I have this book in my collection and I enjoy reading it non-stop, if you think that this book is promotiong violence, but how!!? It’s called “Little Miss Trouble” for crying out loud, she causes trouble and blames it on Mr. Small by calling Mr. Uppity “Fatty” and Mr. Clever “Big nose” and so the sad Mr. Small gets punched by both Mr. Uppity and Mr. Clever and he doesn’t like it so he gets revenge by telling both Mr. Tickle and Mr. Bump about Miss Trouble and says “Oh she calls Mr. Tickle ‘Pudding Face’ and Mr. Bump ‘Mr. Nitwit’ respectively” and guess what both Mr. Bump and Mr. Tickle do, they teach her a lesson, it’s called “Crime and Punishment” do those words understand anything to you!?

    You might as well be picking on Mr. Grumpy all because he’s a bad-tempered and grouchy man all day long, or even Little Miss Bad, who’s much worse than Miss Naughty, and no one complains about them!! You can’t get Little Miss Trouble banned over in the UK, because it’s impossible. If you want to go to a country where all your fun is banned you might as well live in Saudi Arabia and North Korea, if you don’t enjoy stuff like this you should live in thise countries!

    Lighten up for goodness sake, if you don’t like Little Miss Trouble then you don’t have to read it okay! You do not send e-mails to Egmont Publishing and Sanrio Co. Ltd. to get Miss Trouble banned.

    Cya!

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