1. Of all the many books available within the Toronto Public Library system, one would think that the Dr. Seuss classic Hop on Pop would be among the least controversial. 

    Unfortunately for the library's materials review committee, which is tasked with addressing complaints against particular books and deciding whether or not to keep them in circulation, this is not the case.

    According to the TPL's recently released 2013 Reconsideration of Materials Summary, a formal complaint was lodged last year against the 1963 Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop because it "encourages children to use violence against their fathers."

    The unnamed complainant asked that the book be removed from the collection and that the library "issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for damages resulting from the book."
  2. While the book's title may lead some to believe that jumping on one's father is a fun idea, the review committee wrote in its report that "the children are actually told not to hop on pop" in the story.

    After an investigation into the work, the library concluded the book is not eligible for removal due to the following reasons:

    - "The book is a humorous and well-loved children’s book designed to engage children while teaching them reading skills," 
    - "Since its publication in 1963, it has maintained its popularity and appeared on many “Best of” children’s book lists."
    - "Dr. Seuss was a prolific and celebrated children’s author who won the Pulitzer Prize among many other awards."

    The book is being retained in the children's collection, according the the library, but as news of the unusual complaint spreads around the web, many are mocking the idea that Hop on Pop could even be considered for removal.
  3. Seven books in total were reviewed by the TPL materials review committee after complaints last year, including another children's story called Lizzy The Lion which was deemed as "violent and disturbing" by a patron.

    The book Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, which describes JFK’s presidency and the events leading up to his assassination, was also under fire by a patron who believed it "contains falsehoods because it concludes Kennedy was killed by Oswald alone."
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