April 30, 2014
A Toronto library has bravely and correctly decided to retain Dr. Seuss’ “Hop on Pop” in its collection, despite a patron’s request the book be removed, an apology be issued, and damages be paid.
Toronto Public Library annual review committee notes released Monday detail the patron’s complaint: The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” and should be removed from the collection, and the library should “issue an apology to fathers in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] and pay for damages resulting from the book.”
Here’s the offending page:
The library decided to retain the book on the grounds it’s “humorous and well-loved,” actually tells children not to hop on pop, and because IT’S BY DR SEUSS. Duh.