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Dan Rempel

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Artist: Dan Rempel

Banned/Challenged Book: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Reason for Banning: Unsuitable for age group and violence

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: I chose to illustrate one of the stories that seemed likely to me to be the sort of thing that parents would object to their eight-year-old reading. The face in the close-up is the titular character in the story “Harold.” Harold is a life-size doll that comes to life, and apparently kills and skins one of the brothers who made him. Yeah, it’s kind of scary. Although in my poll of nine-year-old readers, two out of two readers claimed not to have been frightened.

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