Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I hope it’s not too late but this celebrated author and illustrator deserves a birthday shout out.  For those who don’t know, Dr. Seuss’ birthday was last Sunday, March 2nd.  We all know Dr. Seuss as the man behind the famous children’s book series with well-known titles such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax.  But there was a lot more to him than just children’s books.  In other words, here’s a list of interesting facts of the author we call Dr. Seuss:

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  • Dr. Seuss’ actual name was Theodore Seuss Geisel.
  • His works have spawned numerous adaptations, including television specials, feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.
  • Geisel’s birthday, March 2nd, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
  • Although he received numerous awards throughout his career, Geisel never won the Caldecott Medal or Newbery Medal.  
  • Geisel’s figures are often rounded and somewhat droopy. This is true, for instance, of the faces of the Grinch and of the Cat in the Hat.  Almost all the buildings and machinery that Geisel drew were devoid of straight lines, even when he was representing real objects. For example, If I Ran the Circus includes a droopy hoisting crane and a droopy steam Calliope.
  • He was a perfectionist in his work and would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to be paid only after he finished his work rather than in advance.
  • Getting the first book that he both wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published, however, required a great degree of persistence – it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.

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Want more Seuss?  You didn’t even have to ask!  The Buena Park Library has got you covered.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

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