Publishers pull 'no longer appropriate' book


Publishers pull 'no longer appropriate' book

A children's book that attracted criticism for describing people wearing turbans and a niqab as unfriendly has been withdrawn from sale.

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Remaining copies of The Blue Eye - part of the Biff, Chip and Kipper series - have been destroyed by its publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP).

The book had been taken out of print in March, following a review, OUP said.

"We take steps to remove any products that are no longer appropriate from our collection," a spokeswoman said.

In the book, published in 2001, Biff and Wilf are transported by magic to a "scary" town.

Beneath an illustration of a busy marketplace full of people wearing turbans and a niqab - a type of Islamic veil - Biff says: "Let's stay together... The people don't seem very friendly."

OUP said that sentence had been amended in 2012 to read: "It would be easy to lose each other in such a crowded place."

But an image of the original version of that page has picked up traction on social media during the past few weeks.

Some have described it as "inappropriate", while others said it was an example of Islamophobia.


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