Frankly, I don't understand why anyone would forbid this book...
Yes, it's magical. The best children's books are.
Yes, there are references to tobacco and alcohol. Life does. James doesn't smoke, use snuff nor drink alcohol.
The "magical" worm thingies are code words for drugs? Actually, I was thinking of the magic beans of Jack and the Beanstalk. Even the name of the book refers to that. But...more