The prices of six Dr. Seuss books exploded on eBay after the beloved author’s publisher said it would stop selling them because the Leftist Fascists have decided that they contain “racist” images. Prospective buyers placed bids in the hundreds of dollars Tuesday for vintage copies of the books that were listed for as little as $4.44 last week.
NY Post A 1955 edition of “On Beyond Zebra!” fetched a leading bid of $670 by 10:15 a.m. Eastern time — less than a day after it was put up for auction at a starting price of just $14.99.
A copy of “The Cat’s Quizzer” from 1976 similarly saw its top offer skyrocket to $510 after it was listed for $9.99 on Monday.
An early 1960s copy of “Scrambled Eggs Super!” listed Saturday for just under $8 didn’t get a single bid in its first three days on eBay, but the price jumped to $565 in less than three hours following the news that it would no longer be published.
A “First Book Club Edition” of “If I Ran the Zoo” — which has drawn fire for its offensive caricatures of Asian and African people — received three bids for less than $10 in its first five days on the market before the offer to beat surged to $355 on Tuesday.
A 1947 copy of “McElligot’s Pool” listed for less than five bucks last Friday was recently going for $620, while a 1937 edition of “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”fetched a $305 bid about an hour after it was listed Tuesday morning.
All six books were also in short supply on Amazon, where third-party sellers are selling collectible editions for thousands of dollars.
Amazon warned buyers that four of the books were out of print with “limited availability.” Only “If I Ran the Zoo” and “McElligot’s Pool” didn’t bear that notice on Tuesday — but the only copies available ran from $920.99 to $4,500.
NY Post Dr. Seuss became the latest target of “cancel culture” Tuesday when six of his children’s books were yanked from publication because of their alleged racism.
President Biden even avoided mentioning Dr. Seuss in the traditional annual presidential proclamation Monday marking “Read Across America Day.”
The company that oversees the publishing of Dr. Seuss’s works said it scrapped the six books — “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer’’ — because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
The move came on what would have been the 117th birthday of the late author — who has traditionally been feted by schools across the country March 2 as part of “Read Across America Day.”
While Dr. Seuss — whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel — remains one of the world’s most popular children’s authors three decades after his death, his books have come under fire in recent years for how they portray black people, Asian people and other groups.
Mulberry Street,” the first children’s book Geisel published under his pen name, contains a controversial illustration of an Asian man holding chopsticks and a bowl of rice whom the text called “A Chinese man Who eats with sticks.”
It also describes Asian characters as “helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant” from “countries no one can spell,” notes a 2019 paper on Geisel’s work published in the journal Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.
“If I Ran the Zoo,” for instance, has been panned for depicting Africans as “potbellied” and “thick-lipped,” as one biography of Seuss put it.
“If I Ran the Zoo” also features an Arab chieftain riding a camel.