Group Demands Dr. Seuss' "Hop on Pop" Too Violent for Kids
This is the kind of complaint that would be funny if it were made to mock other actual complaints. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.
Librarians at the Toronto Public Library were asked to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’ 1963 children's book "Hop on Pop” from the establishment’s collection because it allegedly promotes violence.Good for the library. Standing up to the anti-Seuss hordes.
A document detailing the seven books the library has been asked to remove over the past year was posted online on Monday.
The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” according to the complaint.
In addition to apologizing to fathers in the Toronto area, the complainant also asked that the library “pay for damages resulting from the book.”
The Materials Review Committee pointed out that the book is “humorous,” “well-loved” and that it has “appeared on many ‘Best of’ children’s book lists.”
The MRC also pointed out that the children in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s book are actually told not to hop on pop.
Despite the complaint, the library opted to retain the book in the children's collection.