Move over Dr. Seuss, and step aside Mr. Potato Head; a new children’s educator is in town. Oops, almost forgot; it’s now simply, Potato Head. Nonetheless, as popular children’s toys and books are falling victim to cancel culture, Simon & Schuster thought of a way to fill the education gap: a children’s book about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
On Monday, CNN reported the publishing giant will publish the book on June 29th. Author Kate Messner says she contacted Dr. Fauci’s office in order to consult on a separate project when the idea struck her and she inquired as to whether she could write a standalone book about him.
“I was aware that I was asking for time from someone who was literally one of the busiest people in America as he provided public health guidance during the worst of the pandemic, but I also knew that Dr. Fauci understands how essential education is in public health” Messner told CNN.
The book will be based on Fauci’s own childhood, growing up in the Brooklyn, New York area. Riveting and educational nuggets include his prescriptions deliveries for his father’s pharmacy. Messner was able to interview Fauci several times “at the edges of his long work days” in order to make the project come to fruition.
A Simon & Schuster spokesperson confirmed the book was written with Dr. Fauci’s approval and he and his team were consulted throughout the entire process. Simon & Schuster is the same publisher that earlier this year announced the cancellation of Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s book.
In the first week of January 2021, the publisher announced the cancellation of Senator Hawley’s book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech.” The publisher stated, “after witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, DC, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel the publication of Sen Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book.”
Hawley called the move “Orwellian” and responded, “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.” Hawley called the dispute a “direct assault on the First Amendment” and added “we’ll see you in court.”