Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

CoverI loved reading Dr Seuss books when I was a kid. I think my favourite was Green eggs and ham. I also like The cat in the hat and The lorax and let’s be honest. I liked them all. I loved the way he used language and his illustrations are somewhat crazy, and that, I think is what made his books so memorable.

The writer that we all grew to know and love as Dr Seuss was Theodor Seuss Geisel, born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

When he was a child, he would practice drawing at the local zoo, where his father was superintendent. All of his children’s books feature crazy-looking creatures that are sometimes based on real animals, but usually consist of such bizarre combinations of objects as a centipede and a horse, and a camel with a feather duster on its head.

CoverHe graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and subsequently studied at the Lincoln College of Oxford University. After dropping out of Oxford, he travelled throughout Europe. He returned to New York, where he spent 15 years in advertising. His most famous advertising campaign was created for Standard Oil’s “Flit” insecticide. The Dr Seuss illustrations had the slogan “Quick Henry, the Flit”.

Theodor Geisel joined the army and made two Oscar-winning documentaries, Hitler Lives and Design for Death.

On the count of three, everyone sing “Happy Birthday Dr Seuss”. One. Two. Three.

I’m sure your singing was wubberlous.

Do you have a favourite Dr Seuss story? To re-read your favourite Dr Seuss book, or discover a new one, check our catalogue.

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3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

  1. John McL 2 March 2016 / 11:51 am

    I met Dr Seuss in Christchurch in the 1960s when he was doing a promotion for Random House. He inscribed a copy of Bennett Cerf’s Book of Riddles for me, I still have it. Bennett Cerf was the Random House founder, I think.

    • Donna 2 March 2016 / 11:58 am

      How brilliant, John! I had no idea Dr Seuss had been to Christchurch. Thanks for letting us know, and lucky you for having met him!

    • ValerieL 2 March 2016 / 12:01 pm

      You are so lucky to have met one of my favourite authors, When I was writing the blog, I simply could not decide which Dr Seuss book I liked the most.

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