Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Crossed out Marvin K. Mooney from the title of his book Marvin K. Mooney, will you please go now! and wrote in Richard M. Nixon after the Watergate Scandal. Nixon resigned nine days later.

    • After The Cat in the Hat hit theatres in 2003, his wife Audrey Stone Geisel (put in charge of marketing after his death) said there would likely not be anymore movies.

    • Horton Hears a Who is being made into a computer generated movie, set for release in 2008.

    • In 2000, many of Seuss' books were set into a play, Seussical the Musical hit Broadway. It wasn't very successful on Broadway, but became popular during a country wide tour.
      Some of the books included were:
      Horton Hears a Who
      The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz
      Horton Hathces the Egg
      The Cat in the Hat
      McElligot's Pool
      O, the Places You'll Go
      And many others.

    • On the season premiere of Saturday Night Live following Dr. Seuss' death, the Reverend Jesse Jackson was a special guest during the News segment. He declared that "rather than reading from First or Second Samuel, I will read from 'Sam I Am'," whereupon he read Green Eggs and Ham in the style of a preacher giving an impassioned sermon.

    • Psychologist considers the Cat in the Hat to be among the most influential "media" personalities in young children's lives.

    • Dr. Seuss signed his drawings of the Loraxes, Whos, and Zooks with "Dr. Theophrastus Seuss", to give a scientific distinction to his goofy zoology.

    • He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he edited the school humor magazine, and pursued a Ph.D. in English literature at Oxford, ultimately dropping out when he decided his studies were "astonishingly irrelevant." They certainly did little to aid his phantasmagorical imagination in the creation of the environmentally conscious Loraxes and fractious Sneetches, not to mention the indescribable Zubble-wumps and ooey-gooey green Ooblecks. Dr. Seuss claimed his ideas started with doodles: "I may doodle a couple of animals; if they bite each other, it's going to be a good book."

    • In addition to becoming one of the world's most loved children's writers, Ted Geisel worked as a political cartoonist, an advertising illustrator, and a documentary filmmaker. Geisel also wrote other books under the pseudonyms Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

    • Better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, he populated his odd and fanciful children's books with a hybrid bestiary of Wockets, Whos, Grinches, bunches of Hunches, Bar-ba-loots, red fish, blue fish, and a fox in socks. He once remarked in an interview, "If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up."

    • At the time of Theodor Seuss Geisel's death in 1991, his 46 children's books had sold more than 200 million copies, and his last, Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990), was still on the bestseller lists. His books, which he both illustrated and wrote, have been translated into twenty languages as well as Braille.

    • Green Eggs and Ham (1960) managed with a vocabulary of just fifty words to tell the story of a Seuss creature's relentless crusade to introduce a hapless furry character to a revolting dish.

    • His stories march forward at an incantatory, rhythmic pace, and are full of tongue-twisters, word play, and highly inventive vocabulary. The American Heritage Dictionary in fact credits Dr. Seuss as the originator of the word nerd, which made its first appearance in his 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo: "And then just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo a Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!"

    • Among his most famous books is The Cat and the Hat (1957), a story about two children who find themselves home alone with a roguish, hat-wearing feline who is a study in bad behavior. With only 223 vocabulary words and much repetition, it was ideally suited for beginning readers and became a lively alternative to the wooden dullness of the "See Spot run" primers.

    • That Ted preferred the Germanic pronunciation of Seuss, which sounds like "zoice".

    • Ted was asked why he added the title "Dr." to his pseudonym? He replied that his father had always wanted a doctor in the family.

    • One of Ted's many pseudonyms, Theo LeSieg, is actually 'Geisel' spelled backwards!

    • One of NASA's deep space explorers, the Data Relay Solar Electric Utility Spacecraft (DRSEUS) is called the "Dr. Seuss".

    • Ted never had children of his own, but had close relationships with stepdaughters Lark and Lea, niece Peggy, and great-nephew/namesake Ted.

    • A 1968 television interview with Dick Cavett went so poorly that Ted rarely agreed to TV appearances after that.

    • Ted used to create mail-order art.

    • Ted wrote the text for The Lorax in 45 minutes!

    • That even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis received the "Uber Gletch" response when she asked Ted where he got his ideas.

    • Children made fun of Ted's German heritage when he was a young boy, calling him names like "Kaiser" (KI-zer)? And during his childhood (World War I years), frankenfurters were called "hotdogs" and sauerkraut "liberty cabbage" as an act of U.S. patriotism.

    • When Ted quit smoking, he planted radish seeds in a corncob pipe and watered them with an eyedropper.

    • Ted once drew cartoons on the vest of a distinguished naval officer, whom he caught sleeping.

    • At the 1985 Princeton University Commencement Exercises, where Ted was to accept an honorary degree, the graduates stood and recited the entire text of Green Eggs and Ham.

    • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T was a live-action, feature-length film and Ted considered it a disaster! It took years to convince him to reconsider film of any sort, and only then it would be animation.

    • Ted wrote and illustrated a picture book for adults titled The Seven Lady Godivas, and that it almost became a Broadway musical.

    • Ted also created ads for NBC Radio, Schaefer Beer, and Ford Motor Company, to name a few.

    • In Ted's WWII days, the movies he made were only shown to men.

    • Chrysanthemum-Pearl was the name of a fictitious child of Ted and Helen's, as was Norval, Wally, Wickersham, Thnud, and others.

    • The books If I Ran the Zoo and If I Ran the Circus probably stem, to some extent, from his father's brief stint as a zookeeper.

    • The Butter Battle Book remained, for six months, on the New York Times Bestseller List . . . for adults.

    • Ted and wife Helen made up a "code" that was a phony law firm named Grimalkin, Drouberhannus, Knalbner and Fepp, and used it for secret messages.

    • When Ted was offered two advertising jobs by two competing firms, he flipped a coin to make his decision , (and worked for Standard Oil as a result.)

    • Ted Geisel found that shaving inspired creative thoughts and ideas. He even kept a file of ideas called the "Shaving File." While shaving one morning, Ted pondered the swank party from the night before and compiled what he calls his first poem:

      Mrs. Van Bleck
      Of the Newport Van Blecks
      Is so god damn rich
      She has gold-plated sex
      Whereas Miggles and Mitzi
      And Bitzie and Sue
      Have the commonplace thing
      And it just has to do.

    • Publisher Bennett Cerf wagered $50 that Ted couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. In response, Ted wrote Green Eggs and Ham, one of his most popular books. Ted often joked that Cerf never paid up.

    • Horror movie icon Boris Karloff narrated the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Karloff is best known as Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 movie Frankenstein.

    • The Grinch's theme song is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft, also known as the "grrreat!" voice of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger! Ravenscroft also lended his voice to Thing 1 in the animated The Cat in the Hat.

    • He is one of the most famous children's author ever.

    • Date of death:
      September 24, 1991

    • Place of death:
      La Jolla, California

    • Married to:
      Helen Palmer Geisel, 1927-1967
      Audrey Stone Geisel, 1968-1991

    • Education:
      B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925
      Oxford University (no degree)

    • Bibliography of Theodor Seuss Geisel

      1937 And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
      1938 The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
      1939 The King's Stilts
      1940 The Seven Lady Godivas

      1940 Horton Hatches The Egg
      1947 McElligot's Pool
      1948 Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose
      1949 Bartholomew and the Oobleck

      1950 If I Ran the Zoo
      1953 Scrambled Eggs Super!
      1954 Horton Hears a Who!
      1955 On Beyond Zebra!
      1956 If I Ran the Circus
      1957 The Cat in the Hat
      1957 How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
      1958 Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
      1958 The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
      1959 Happy Birthday to You!

      1960 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
      1960 Green Eggs and Ham
      1961 The Sneetches and Other Stories
      1961 Ten Apples Up on Top!
      1962 Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
      1963 Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book
      1963 Hop on Pop
      1965 Fox in Socks
      1965 I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
      1966 Come Over to My House
      1967 The Cat in the Hat Songbook
      1968 The Foot Book
      1968 The Eye Book
      1969 I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories
      1969 My Book About Me

      1970 I Can Draw It Myself by Me, Myself
      1970 Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
      1971 The Lorax
      1971 I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself
      1972 In a People House
      1972 Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
      1973 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
      1973 Shape of Me and Other Stuff
      1973 The Pop-up Mice of Mr. Brice
      1974 Wacky Wednesday
      1974 There's a Wocket in My Pocket!
      1974 Great Day for Up!
      1975 Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
      1975 Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?
      1975 Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!
      1976 The Cat's Quizzer: Are You Smarter than the Cat in the Hat?
      1976 Hooper Humperdink... ? Not Him!
      1977 Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
      1978 I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
      1979 Oh, Say Can You Say?

      1980 Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet
      1981 The Tooth Book
      1982 Hunches in Bunches
      1984 The Butter Battle Book
      1986 You're Only Old Once!

      1990 Oh, the Places You'll Go!
      1994 Daisy Head Mayzie
      1998 Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

    • Award List:

      Academy Award for Gerald McBoing-Boing (Best Cartoon, 1951); two Emmys for Halloween is Grinch Night and The Grinch Grinches the Cat (Best Children's Special, 1977 and 1982, respectively); a Pulitzer Prize (1984); a Peabody for the animated specials How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Horton Hears a Who! (1971); a New York Library Literary Lion (1986); Caldecott Honor Awards: McElligot's Pool (1947), Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949), and If I Ran the Zoo (1950); the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award -- the American Library Association's special award given to an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial contribution and lasting impact on children's literature (1980).

    • His most controversial book was,The Butter Battle Book, published in 1984, about the arms race. Taking the place of the US and the USSR are the Yooks and the Zooks, who disagree on whether bread should be eaten butter-side down, or butter-side up. The story ends with a blank page, allowing readers to imagine the result of the rising tensions for themselves. The book remained on the New York Times' bestseller list for six months - for adults. The televised version of the book was shown in the USSR in 1990; Dr Seuss joked that it was after this that the country began falling apart.

    • Some people might ask "What is your'e favorite work?". He once said it was not a book or an illustration, but the Lion Wading Pool at Wild Animal Park in San Diego, which he donated in 1973

    • Some people might ask "What is your'e favorite work?". He once said it was not a book or an illustration, but the Lion Wading Pool at Wild Animal Park in San Diego, which he donated in 1973.

    • His books have been made into films.There have been a number of animated films. More recently, a version of How the Grinch stole Christmas! starring Jim Carrey became the highest grossing film in the USA in the year 2000. A film of The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers, was described by some critics as the worst film of the year in the USA in 2003, though it also did well financially.

    • The impact he has made for children's books was massive. He has been credited with killing off "Dick and Jane", the sterile heroes of older children's books, replacing them with clever rhymes, plot twists and rebellious heroes who do the unexpected. The Cat in the Hat was commissioned following publication in 1955 of an influential book, Why Johnny Can't Read, which said children were being held back by boring books. An article under the same name in Life magazine called for more imaginative illustration, and named Dr Seuss as a good example of what could be done. Now one in four American children receive Dr Seuss as their first book.

    • The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, and Green Eggs and Ham, published in 1960, are the two biggest sellers. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is third on the list of most popular Seuss books in the US. The tongue-twisting Fox in Socks is third in the UK. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and the counting book One Fish Two Fish are also near the top of the table.

    • He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, where his grandparents lived on Mulberry Street - hence the title of his first book. He studied at Dartmouth College (in the US) and Oxford University (in the UK). In 1948 he and his first wife Helen bought an old observation tower in La Jolla, California, where he would shut himself away in a studio for at least eight hours a day, sometimes literally wearing a thinking cap.

    • One of his most popular books, Green Eggs and Ham, was the result of a bet that he could not write a book using only 50 words.

      These are, in order of appearance: I am Sam; that; do not like; you green eggs and ham; them; would here or there; anywhere; in a house with mouse; eat box fox; car they; could; may will see tree; let me be; train on; say the dark; rain; goat; boat; so try may; if; good; thank

    • One of his sources of inspiration comes from his mother, she worked in a bakery and would sing him to sleep in his childhood with her "pie-selling chants".

    • Between 1937 and 1991, when he died aged 87, he published more than 40 books, which have sold half a billion copies between them - more even than J K Rowling's Harry Potter books. He nearly burned his first book, And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, after it was turned down by 27 publishers

    • His trademark is verse written in anapestic tetrameter.

    • Attended Oxford University, 1926 - 1928.

    • In Orlando, his works has been made into an entire area of a theme park, Islands of Adventure .Books been made into attractions are The Cat in the Hat, One Fish,Two Fish,Red Fish,Blue Fish, and If I Ran The Zoo.The area is called Seuss Landing.

    • In Orlando, his works has been made into an entire area of a theme park, Islands of Adventure .Books been made into attractions are The Cat in the Hat, One Fish,Two Fish,Red Fish,Blue Fish, and If I Ran The Zoo.The area is called Seuss Landing.

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