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Charlie Says ‘Stick to Smack’ And Other Modern Children’s Classics

by | 18th, May 2007

IN ‘Topsy and Tim: A re-appraisal for the 21st century’ Scaryduck takes a look at modern children’s classics:

Topsy and Tim, if you are a non-breeder, is a series of unsufferably cheerful early-reading books for kids just learning to read.

The books feature the eponymous nursery-age two-some getting up to all sorts of happy-go-lucky adventures in what is clearly the white middle-class suburbs of a town where it is still 1960 and single parents are stoned to death as witches.

First appearing over forty years ago, the books have only recently been updated to feature a more inclusive politically correct outlook, where the stories now feature wholesome encounters with racial minorities and little buddies in wheelchairs.

While this wholesome idea can only be applauded by parents whose little darlings aren’t quite ready for the latest Irvine Welsh, the outlook is still horribly, horribly white middle class all’s-well-that-ends-well cute fluffy bunnies. And where’s the fun in that?

It is time, we thought, that the series was dragged kicking and screaming into the social realism of the early 21st Century post-Blair society, where

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