Dr Seuss books are nine of the top 10 best-selling titles on Amazon after ‘cancel’ row

Publisher pulled six titles that ‘portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong’ this week

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Almost all of the best selling books on Amazon were books by Dr Seuss at one point on Thursday, as conservatives continued to be angered by the so-called “cancellation” of the children’s author.

Nine out of the top ten books appearing on the online retailer’s US bookstore were those of the children’s author, while 38 of the top 100 were Dr Seuss.

And on Thursday afternoon, although the number of Dr Seuss titles had fallen to five out of the top ten books on the featured page of Amazon’s online bookstore, the books were still proving popular down the chart.

Of the bestsellers, there were eight out of the twenty first books that appeared on Amazon’s store for Dr Seuss, as seen by the Independent on Thursday afternoon.

None of those on Amazon’s bestsellers list were those pulled by the author’s legacy publisher for “wrongful imagery” on Tuesday, although at least one title — The Cat’s Quizzer — was still available for purchase.

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Still, the sudden popularity for the children’s books, whose most famous titles include The Cat in The Hat, suggests readers were purchasing copies of Dr Seuss’s works with wider concerns the author was “cancelled”.

Dr Seuss Enterprises, in a statement timed to coincide with the author’s birthday on Tuesday, announced they were pulling the following titles: 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.

"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr Seuss Enterprises' catalogue represents and supports all communities and families," said the author’s legacy publisher in a statement.

Conservatives, apparently angered at the so-called “cancellation” of Dr Seuss, suggested Democrats and a wider “cancel culture” were to blame for the decision.

“There’s no place they won’t go,” the former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, told viewers of Fox News, where the decision by Dr Seuss Enterprises was discussed “wall to wall” on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 43 year-old complained last week that “everything is racist”, following the removal of Dr Seuss titles from the schools in Virginia.

Campaigners increasingly called for some of Dr Seuss’s books to be pulled from classrooms and wider circulation in recent years, due to their offensive portrayal of certain characters.

Amazon declined to comment.

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