The children's book "Grandpa is a pirate" has delighted generations of Swedish and Norwegian children. Now the publishing company, however, thinks that the drawings provided in the book, give a "caricatured image of Arabs," and has decided not to publish any more copies. The author on his side, completely disagrees.
The pictures of Omar and his Arab pirates have become too harsh for the Swedes. At least the Swedish publisher Bonnier Carlsen, which publishes the book in Sweden believes so.
The company will no longer print new copies of the popular children's classic because they think the drawings provide a caricatured image of Arabs, and may be offensive to people with a background from the Middle East.
- Our books must have a tolerant perspective, and no longer produce stereotypical images time after time, says manager at Carlsen Bonnier, Eva Dahlin, to Swedish TV4.
The author, Jan Lööf, is also the man behind the famous animated series "Skrotnisse" which aired on NRK's children's television in the 80s.
He has been awarded the Selma Lagerlöf Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize.
To the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, he says that he is not interested in replacing the drawings with new ones.
- I am 76 years old and can not bear to replace them. It's not about money, but I probably will not make any more picture books for children, says Lööf.
In Norway, it is Bokklubbens Barn that is the publisher of the book.
It is not clear whether they are also forced to drop future editions of the popular and classic Swedish children's book.
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