This week marks the 108th birthday of one Theodor Seuss Geisel. If that name doesn’t mean much to you, perhaps ‘Dr. Seuss’ will ring a few more bells.
A prolific children’s author, Dr. Seuss may have written in a type of English that didn’t always make perfect sense, but his universal appeal is unmistakeable. His 46 children’s books have been loved by pretty much any child and adult who picked one up. This Friday, the good doctor would have turned 108. Alas, he passed away in 1991 after a battle with throat cancer after many years of poor health.
Dr. Seuss’s books are jam-packed with imaginative characters and playful rhyme – some of his most celebrated titles include best-sellers like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Indeed, copies of some of those are still handed down in my family.
The children’s author’s birthday is proving a great excuse for many libraries and museums to put on extravagant Seuss exhibitions, but whether the love will extend online I’m yet to see – for example, I don’t recall Geisel receiving his own Google Doodle before now, even though his delightful wordplay and charming cartoon illustrations are perfect Doodle fodder.
Did you grow up reading Dr. Seuss books? Give us your favorites in the comments, and let us know if you’ll be digging up some of your old reads this week!