Submitter: When I began working at my library, the Junior fiction section hadn’t been weeded in a good long while, so I had lots of work to do. When I first pulled this book off the shelf, the cover caught me off guard, but I flipped through the pages a little bit to see if it was something worth keeping. The story seemed a bit strange but then I came across the picture of the man and, well, after consensus from my assistant and several board members, we decided that it was indeed a male body part. And female body parts, young and old. And really disturbing, screaming images. And blood. And phallic snakes.
Did I mention this was in the JUNIOR fiction? The collection meant for 9 – 12 year olds? Oy. I’m pretty open and try not to be super conservative on books, but this one was a bit much even for me. It’s been in our collection since 1994 and hasn’t been checked out for at least the last 7 years. I’m confident that even adults wouldn’t read it if it was in the correct location so it’s moving on out.
Holly: This is a really strange choice for a youth fiction section! The language is not something children would be interested in or understand, for the most part. (There are always those Gifted Precious Snowflakes who love this kind of thing, or at least pretend to, God bless ’em.) It might get a look in an adult non-fiction section (398’s), but I think it is best off in a college or university library. The images are…interesting, but very intense. I agree with submitter that they are a bit much for a youth section. Serious studiers of Greek legends or maybe even art may find this fascinating and beautiful. Eight-year-olds may be forever scarred by things they don’t understand. Fair warning before you scroll down.