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This kids book is ruder than 50 Shades

A children’s novel was the most complained about library book of 2013.

The 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report has just been released (YAY!) and it harbours some pretty mind-blowing stuff. There’s a sentence we never thought we’d write.

According to its run-down of the ‘most challenged books’ from last year, a children’s book by the name of Captain Underpants is the most offensive piece of literature for the second year in a row. While 50 Shades of Grey trails in at number four.

Equally as shocking – people still write letters of complaint to libraries.

Let us break the results down for you. The good people of the U-S-of-A complained about a novel geared at 7 to 10 year olds more than one based on sadomasochism, filled with page after page of graphically described sex. We're guessing that's because it's only mums who are complaining, and only mums who are enjoying 50 Shades.

Captain Underpants was called into question over its “offensive language”, “violence” and unsuitability for its target age group, as it includes the words “pee-pee,” “poopy” and “wedgie”.

Here are the top five in the list, and why they are so effing scandalous.

1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group