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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov 10, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Swedish toy company has decided that a book of stories by and about children is too raw for its customers.

Brio had planned to sell the book in its 96 stores, the English-language news site The Local reported.

The book is entitled "Vad heter Usamas glömska bror? Var var det jag Laden," a Swedish pun on the name bin Laden that can be translated: "What is the name of Osama's forgetful brother? Where did I put it?"

The stories and jokes in the book were sent in response to an appeal on the back of a milk carton. Profits from the book's sales are going to Save The Children and other worthy causes.

But a spokeswoman for Brio said the chain believes the book is too coarse.

Ulf Palmenfelt, the book's editor, told The Local he thinks Brio should be more daring.

"Pee and poo and sexuality are a big part of what children laugh at," said Palmenfelt. "I don't really understand how it could be offensive."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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