I have terrible childhood memories of my parent's reading "A Christams Carol." I would be inconsolable when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows that Tiny Tim is dead. I would cry for hours. I believe that book was donated shortly after my parents realized I wasn't going to stop crying if they read me that book.Hurray childhood!
Oh man.I'd forgotten how awful that was too.When I look back, there were a lot of traumatizing issues there.I can't read Dahls' 'The Witches' either. The scene where the little girl is trapped in the painting is just horrifying.
Books are scary business when you're a kid. I suppose some still are :S