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Dr. Seuss books are selling really well on Amazon

Dr. Seuss Enterprises said 6 books from Dr. Seuss will be canceled. But are they on Amazon?

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A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises said that 6 books from Dr. Seuss will be canceled.

A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises said that 6 books from Dr. Seuss will be canceled.

Steven Senne, Associated Press

Just days after they were “canceled,” Dr. Seuss books have soared to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

What’s going on?

  • Dr. Seuss books are now occupying nine of the top 10 bestselling book spots on Amazon, according to CNN Business.
  • “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” all made the top 10.
  • However, the discontinued books do not appear on the list, per CNN Business.

Context

Dr. Seuss Enterprises said Tuesday it will no longer publish six Seuss books because they have hurtful portrayals of people, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the organization said, according to The Associated Press.
  • “Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said, per AP.

The six books include:

  • “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
  • “If I Ran the Zoo”
  • “McElligot’s Pool”
  • “On Beyond Zebra!”
  • “Scrambled Eggs Super!”
  • “The Cat’s Quizzer”

Dr. Seuss’ books have been criticized recently for having racist undertones and descriptions, NPR reports. For example, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” mentions a character “described as Chinese has two lines for eyes, carries chopsticks and a bowl of rice, and wears traditional Japanese-style shoes,” according to NPR.

So where can you find the canceled books?

Per CNN, you can buy some of the canceled books on eBay for $4,000. There are also copies on Amazon, like “If I Ran the Zoo,” which costs $939.