The publishing company halted distribution of Dav Pilkey’s “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” because it “perpetuates passive racism,” officials said.

By Francesca Gariano

Scholastic has made the decision to pull Dav Pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” due to its perpetuation of “passive racism.”

Dav Pilkey is the author behind the “Captain Underpants,” “Ricky Ricotta,” “Dog Man,” “Dragon,” “Super Diaper Baby,” and “Dumb Bunnies” book series for children.Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images

In a statement released by Scholastic, the publishing company stated that it stopped the distribution of the title.

“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,” the company said in the statement.

Pilkey, who is the author of the “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” series, shared an apology that was posted on YouTube in a 45-second clip that showed a typed and signed letter.

“The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” is a spinoff from Pilkey’s hit “Captain Underpants” series and became a New York Times bestseller after its release. It follows the adventures of two caveboys named Ook and Gluk who meet a martial arts instructor, Master Wong, who teaches them kung fu.

The removal of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” follows Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ decision earlier this month to pull six Dr. Seuss books due to racist and insensitive imagery.

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