A cautionary tale: should we really be protecting children from problematic books?

Dr Seuss’s books were read and loved by millions of children for decades. Now his publisher is withdrawing half a dozen of his titles, due to racist tropes contained in their pages. With social attitudes changing and shifting quickly, legendary figures such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton look likely to meet a similar fate

Dr Seuss’s If I Ran The Zoo is being withdrawn from sale due to concerns over racist tropes contained in the book. Picture: AP