Publishing company Scholastic has pulled the 2010 book ‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluk’ by Dav Pilkey for “passive racism”.
“On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book The Adventures of Ook and Gluk,” the publisher said in a statement.
“Together, we recognise that this book perpetuates passive racism.
“We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake. Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfilment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory.
“We will take steps to inform schools and libraries who may still have this title in circulation of our decision to withdraw it from publication.”
Author Dav Pilkey has since released an apology, writing that the book was “intended to showcase diversity, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution”.
He added, “This week it was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologise for this. It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.”
The novel follows Ook and Gluk who – with the help of their little dinosaur pal Lily – are pulled through a time portal to 2222 after their hometown in Ohio comes under attack by an evil corporation from the future. They find a friend in martial arts instructor, Master Wong, who trains them in the ways of kung fu. They are then required to travel back in time to save the day.