The Cat In the Hat

When I was a child I was trying to read my way through the children’s library. I just loved the colorful picture books of Dr. Seuss and trying to learn to read all those silly rhymes. I enjoyed it very much. I remember that I had some of his books at home so that was good because when I had already moved over to the adult library I looked with a fondness toward the familiar children’s library. I could have pretended to take out books for my relatives but I knew how silly I would look walking among shelves that came up to my waist.

Dr. Seuss, in reality, was Theodor Geisel and born on March 2, 1904. He is known for such popular books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham”. He used his middle name Geisel as his pen name and it was also the maiden name of his mother. He wrote 48 books among them also books for adults. The books have sold over 200 million copies and have been translated into different languages. He is known for his whimsical rhymes and silly but delightful characters such as The Lorax and the Sneetches who live in places like Hooterville.

He worked as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines and for advertising. The first children’s book that he illustrated was “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street”. Unfortunately, it was rejected by many publishers before it was printed in 1937. His first bestseller was “The Cat in the Hat” which came out in 1957. He wrote the book upon the request of his publisher who asked that he create a book with 220 new-reader vocabularies to save children from boring school reading primers.

Dr. Seuss took up two serious themes “The Butter Battle Book” was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during the Reagan years and “The Lorax” that dealt with the environment. A great many of his books have been adapted for TV and film among them “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!”

Dr. Seuss or Geisel lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California which was referred to as “The Tower”. He died on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


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