10 FACTS About DR. SEUSS BOOKS
And to think that I Saw it on MULBERRY STREET
This was Seuss’s first children’s book. It was rejected by 27 publishers before it was published in 1937 by Vanguard Press.
The logging industry was so upset over Seuss’s The Lorax (believed to be his take on environmentalism) that it sponsored a similar book, The Truax — told from the logging point of view.
GREEN and EGGS HAM
Seuss wrote this popular book after his editor, Bennett Cerf bet him he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words. They are: a, am, and, everywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
The CAT in the HAT
Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat as a replacement for Dick and Jane, a book series he found incredibly boring, to create a more fun way for children to learn to read. It contains exactly 236 different words.
OH, The PLACES YOU WILL GO!
Seuss’s final book, Oh, The Places You Will Go! was published in 1990. On average, about 300,000 copies of this popular book are sold each year and given as gifts to college and high school graduates.
If I RAN the ZOO
Published in 1950, this is the first recorded instance of the word "Nerd".
HOW The GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
The star of this book, the infamous, Christmas-stealing Grinch, is a character Seuss based on himself. He told Redbook magazine in 1957: “So I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
FOX IN SOCKS
Published in 1965, Fox in Socks is Seuss’s first book of tongue twisters.
MARVIN K MOONEY Will You PLEASE GO NOW!
In 1974, political columnist Art Buchwald criticized Seuss, stating he had never written a political book. Seuss crossed out “Marvin K. Mooney” in a copy of the book and wrote in “Richard M. Nixon.” Buchwald printed Seuss’s edited text in his column. Nixon resigned 10 days later.
YERTLE the TURTLE
Seuss has stated that this story is his representation of
Hitler and parallels his German rule and European invasions. It also is the first time a children’s book author used the word “burp!”.