Scholastic cancels book from “Captain Underpants” author over “passive racism”

Scholastic has pulled a book from Dav Pilkey, the author of “Captain Underpants” charging “passive racism.”

The novel that has been pulled is “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future.”

Scholastic writes:

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. Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake. Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfillment 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.

Throughout our 100 year history, we have learned that trust must be won every day by total vigilance. It is our duty and privilege to publish books with powerful and positive representations of our diverse society, and we will continue to strengthen our review processes as we seek to support all young readers.