The Internet is abuzz with Shilpa Shetty’s little blunder. Twitteratti is trolling the actress hard for her misinterpretation of George Orwell's ‘Animal Farm’. While Shilpa felt that the book teaches children to love and care for animals, you will understand why this is a problem if you have actually read Animal Farm. The dystopian novella deals with communism, where animals on a farm overthrow the farmer and take control of the farm. Whether or not children should read such books is a subjective matter, but including it in the syllabus of schools is not something any government is likely to do.
But do not blame the innocent Mrs Shetty Kundra, who merely made a blunder. It happens to everyone, and can happen to you too. While we’re on this subject, we made a list of popular books with misleading titles you should refrain your kids from reading. Take a look and avoid buying these for your children until they are much older.
A Song of Ice & Fire
If you watch Game of Thrones, you realize why the books are not meant for your children. While the show manages to keep up with the violence and sexual content of the books, literary works are always more descriptive. Not the kind of stuff your children should be reading, honestly.
Fifty Shades of Grey
No, this is not a coloring book. The Fifty Shades of Grey movie was not released in India due to its BDSM content, and should not be on your child’s reading list either. You know what makes the series worse? The quintessential rich guy and innocent girl stereotypes that run throughout the story. Ugh!
The Da Vinci Code
It’s not a puzzle book for kids, it is a murder mystery written by Dan Brown. What’s wrong with that, you may ask. Well, if you are Christian, this book has some very controversial opinions about the religion and Jesus Christ. If you do not want your kids to ask questions, do not buy them this book.
Looking for Alaska
This book will not teach your kids where Alaska is located. Buy them an Atlas for that. While the story covers the experiences of a teenager in a boarding school, John Green’s very first book is laden with profanity and sexually explicit scenes. Not safe for kids.
This book is not even meant to be gifted to the child of your worst enemy. It includes characters with psychotic behaviors, violent supernatural creatures, and lots of blood and murder. If you have seen the Jack Nicholson-starrer of the same name, the book trumps it. Keep out of children’s reach!