No, not that Mickey.
Maurice Sendak's In The Night Kitchen has become one of the kid's favorite books to read on our trips to the library. At first, I was worried that the kid might be traumatized by a story about a kid getting baked into a cake and stuffed into the oven.
But now I wonder if the real threat isn't Mickey's penis. See, before he falls into the cake batter, Mickey falls out of bed--and out of his pajamas. And as this letter to the editor of the Fallsbrook, CA Village News reports, the merest mention of a fictional character's penis is enough to shake a family to its bedrock:
She said, “Look, Daddy, a Barney movie!” I couldn’t see it, so she guided my eyes to the vulgar obscenity arranged there on the sign. “Look! Up there! Barney’s p***s!” I was shocked when I saw the words arranged on the sign. I quickly averted her eyes and escorted her into the store."My 6-year-old was traumatized" [thevillagenews.com via boingboing]
Since then, she has not stopped mentioning Barney’s p***s. This has shaken the bedrock of our family. I made an emergency call to our church’s pastor about this bombshell in my daughter’s life and he is unsure how it will affect her future.