Removed from the Annville, Pa. elementary school library (2012) because of its illustrations, involving a cartoon cowboy taking his annual bath. Story: a young cowboy takes his annual bath and instructs his dog to watch his clothes. When the boy emerges from his bath, the dog does not recognize him and refuses to give back his clothes. In the illustrations, the cowboy’s private parts are always covered. The book has received many awards, among them the International Reading Association award in 2004, the Parents Choice Gold Medal, and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books.
Challenged in the Duval County, Fla. public schools (2015) because a group of parents believed the book was inappropriate for promoting another religion other than Christianity. Story: After the Taliban took control of an Afghan village they prohibit girls from going to school. Nasreen’s grandmother smuggles her each day to an underground school where she can learn to read and write.