Dr. Seuss has hit Amazon's best-sellers list just two days after it was announced that six of his books would be pulled for racist and offensive imagery. As of Thursday, nine of Dr. Seuss' books occupied the top 10 best-sellers list and sales are soaring, despite the author being a target of cancel culture. None of the six books being discontinued made it onto the list but second-hand copies of those titles continue to sell at a much higher price, Forbes noted. And some of the discontinued books sold out on Barnes & Nobles’ website.
The books to be discontinued 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," Insider reported.
"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement. "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises's catalog represents and supports all communities and families."
According to Insider, "And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo" are both sold out on Barnes & Nobles' website. Meanwhile, "The Cat In The Hat" topped Amazon's best-sellers list on Thursday, followed by "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish "I Can Read It All by Myself," and "Green Eggs and Ham," which rounded off the second and third spots respectively.
According to a statement to Associated Press, Dr. Seuss Enterprises had long been planning to cease publication and sales of the six books. The final decision was made last year after much discussion.
"Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process.," the company said. "We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles."
Books by Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, are sold in more than 100 countries and have been translated into dozens of languages, including braille.
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