Pop neither hopped on nor popped

Sometimes people just love to complain. And those that do, probably love complaining about people who complain.

I love the people who don’t read something properly, and complain anyway. (Well, actually, they annoy me intensely, but I love reading about them; any closer and I’d sneeze.)

 Since I also love books (as many of you know!), I loved reading about the complaint from a Canadian dad to the Toronto library about the 1963 Dr Seuss classic “Hop On Pop”.

The dad, who bravely wrote in as “anonymous” (nothing says “I stand by my convictions” more than being too chicken to put your name to them), requested the library remove the children’s classic for encouraging “children to use violence against their fathers”. He also demanded that the library “remove [it] from [the] collection”. And — this is priceless — “issue an apology to fathers in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] and pay for damages resulting from the book”…  R-i-g-h-t… Who knows, that dad could be at his wits’ end, trying to find ways to control his children. Or not. And we won’t know, because he’s anonymous. (Can’t wait for him to find the Andy Griffiths favourite “The Day My Bum Went Psycho”…)

The library’s materials review committee, however, kept Dr Seuss’s book, although the director of collections management, Vickery Bowles, said they took all complaints seriously, and “Hop On Pop” was investigated — along with complaints about 6 other books.

According to the review committee’s findings and action summary, “the book is a humorous and well-loved children’s book, designed to engage children while teaching them reading skills” — indeed, it forms part of the 1991-established “Children’s Beginning Readers” series. Not only has “Hop On Pop” maintained popularity for more years than I’ve been on Earth, the review committee said it had “appeared on many ‘best of’ children’s book lists”, with its prolific and celebrated author winning the Pulitzer Prize, among many other awards.

Oh, and on top of those reasons, the library’s findings say: “The children are actually told not to hop on pop.” (The emphasis is the library’s…)


Tagged with: ,