’Fartsalot’ author asked to leave school over new character ’Mrs. Imavitch’

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The author of “Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger” is in trouble for his choice of words in his latest book.

Kevin Bolger was asked to leave an Ottawa elementary school after the principal walked in on a reading of his new novel “Zombiekins.”

The trouble started when she overheard him talking about a character named “Mrs. Imavitch.”

The principal ended the reading because she said the language used by the author was inappropriate.

Bolger told CTV Ottawa it’s unfortunate his reading was cut short over a clear misunderstanding of the text.

However, he added the principal has the right to reject any presentation to her students.

“It could be interpreted a couple of ways, a witch, or another word that rhymes with a not so appropriate word to be talking about without context,” said Barrie Hammond of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

In the book, Mrs. Imavitch is depicted as a witch and Bolger says she also has a heavy Transylvanian accent.

The Ottawa Writers Festival organized the reading at Manor Park Public School, and organizers like Sean Wilson can’t believe the fuss.

“Kevin’s books are so funny,” said Wilson.

He said Bolger has made several visits to schools in the past and there has never been a problem.

Bolger read his novel, where he referenced Mrs. Imavitch, at three other Ottawa schools on Tuesday.

Bolger is an Ottawa teacher who teaches students in Grades 2-6. (CTV)

Organizations: CTV, Carleton District School Board, Manor Park Public School

Geographic location: Ottawa

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    June 25, 2010 - 18:48

    I love your book Mr.B P.S I also love Zombikinzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz