Dr. Seuss book sales QUADRUPLED with more than 1.2 million copies bought in the first week of March after publisher pulled six titles from production over ‘racist stereotypes’…

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Dr. Seuss book sales QUADRUPLED with more than 1.2 million copies bought in the first week of March after publisher pulled six titles from production over ‘racist stereotypes’

  • According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85% of retail sales, the top sellers weren’t even the books being withdrawn 
  • ‘The Cat in the Hat’ sold more than 100,000 copies, compared to just 17,000 in the previous week
  • ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ topped 90,000 copies, and ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ sold around 88,000 
  • Books going out of print are ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ ‘McElligot’s Pool,’ ‘On Beyond Zebra!,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!,’ and ‘The Cat’s Quizzer’ 
  • Such prominent Republicans as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released videos of themselves reading from the wrong Seuss books

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUBLISHED: 15:33 GMT, 11 March 2021 | UPDATED: 19:57 GMT, 11 March 2021

More than 1.2 million copies of stories by the late children’s author Dr. Seuss sold in the first week of March – more than quadruple from the week before – following the news that his estate was pulling six books because of racial and ethnic stereotyping. 

For days virtually every book in the top 20 on Amazon’s bestseller list was by Dr. Seuss.

But according to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85% of retail sales, the top sellers weren’t even the books being withdrawn. ‘The Cat in the Hat’ sold more than 100,000 copies, compared to just 17,000 in the previous week. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ topped 90,000 copies, and ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ sold around 88,000.

The six books going out of print are ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ ‘McElligot’s Pool,’ ‘On Beyond Zebra!,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!,’ and ‘The Cat’s Quizzer.’ 

‘These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,’ Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement explaining why it was stopping their publication.

The books, originally published between 1937 and 1976, contain numerous caricatures of Asian and Black people that incorporate stereotypes that have been criticized as racist.

Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, and sales traditionally go up during his birthday week. But this year they likely received an extra shot because of those most opposed to the estate’s decision. 

Conservatives soon responded with allegations of ‘cancel culture,’ as Fox News provided extensive coverage and such prominent Republicans as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released videos of themselves reading from the wrong Seuss books.

The controversy over Dr. Seuss imagery has simmered for years. In 2017, then-first lady Melania Trump offered a donation of 10 Dr. Seuss books to a Cambridge, Massachusetts, school. Its librarian turned down the gift, saying images criticized as ‘racist propaganda and harmful stereotypes’ filled their pages.

‘Open one of his books (‘If I Ran a Zoo’ or ‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,’ for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art,’ librarian Liz Phipps Soerio told Melania Trump in a letter.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9351399/Oh-birthday-week-Dr-Seuss-books.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

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