Thursday, November 17, 2005

Goodnight Moon, Goodbye Cigarette

It seems that the cigarette has sparked controversy in matters of censorship. Goodnight Moon, the children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown, is undergoing a change.

According to the New York Times, HarperCollins Children's Books has reconsidered the use of a photograph bearing a cigarette-smoking illustrator, Clement Hurd. In fact, the cigarette was digitally removed from the photograph in a recent printing.

The publisher said it printed 20,000 hardcover and 50,000 paperback books with the altered photograph. No photo runs in the popular board-book format, for younger readers, which accounts for three-quarters of the 800,000 copies of "Goodnight Moon" HarperCollins said it sells annually.

The originating article by Edward Wyatt, is here.

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