NEW YORK (AP) — A graphic novel for kids from the wildly well-liked “Captain Underpants” sequence is being pulled from library and guide retailer cabinets after its writer stated it “perpetuates passive racism.”
The guide beneath scrutiny is 2010’s “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” by Dav Pilkey, who has apologized, saying it “accommodates dangerous racial stereotypes” and is “improper and dangerous to my Asian readers.”
The guide follows a few pair of buddies who journey from 500,001 B.C. to 2222, the place they meet a martial arts teacher who teaches them kung fu and so they study ideas present in Chinese language philosophy.
Scholastic stated it had eliminated the guide from its web sites, stopped processing orders for it and sought a return of all stock. “We’ll take steps to tell colleges and libraries who should still have this title in circulation of our determination to withdraw it from publication,” the publisher said in a statement.
Pilkey in a YouTube statement stated he deliberate to donate his advance and all royalties from the guide’s gross sales to teams devoted to stopping violence in opposition to Asians and to selling variety in kids’s books and publishing.