Author, illustrator, cartoonist – Dr Seuss had many talents!
Born on the 2nd of March 1904, it has now been 25 years since this beloved author died, so today we look back with fond memories and celebrate his life and his work.
Dr Seuss real name was Theodore (Ted) Seuss Geisel
He added the Dr later because his father always wanted him to go into medicine; he was later awarded an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth in 1956.
Having had over 60 books published, the bestselling are ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’
Green Eggs and Ham was actually a dare from his publisher.
There are only 50 different words in ‘Green Eggs and Ham’
The hilarious story is about a picky eater and helps make reading more exciting for little ones.
Before writing children’s books Dr Seuss wrote advertisements for General Electric, NBC and other big companies
He also wrote war propaganda cartoons during WWII.
Although he is one of the most well known children’s authors of all time, he didn’t have any children of his own
His wife stated that he was in fact frightened of children.
Many of Seuss’ stories touch on political and social themes
Including ‘Yertle the Turtle’ about Hitler, ‘The Lorax’ about environmentalism and ‘Horton Hears a Who’ about Japan and America.
Many of Seuss’ books have been made into movies
Films include: ‘The Lorax’ starring Zac Efron and Danny DeVito, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ starring Mike Myers and Dakota Fanning and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ starring Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen.
After graduating from Dartmouth University, Dr Seuss then attended Oxford University
He happily met his wife, Helen Palmer, at Oxford University and they both moved back to America to start their lives together.