Dr. Seuss-Author Review

Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, cartoonist, animator and publisher who died in 1991. He is most well known for his children’s books. Even to this day, his books are one of the most read!

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Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

Please note: I was unable to find another picture that showed tribute to the Iconic Dr. Seuss. His name is Trade Marked, and I am just writing a review. I do not plan on taking his Name. Thank you for reading!!

Author/Recognizability:

-Dr. Seuss.  His real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.  I say Is because Dr. Seuss is alive in all our hearts. And every Christmas. When we watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2!

Recognizability: One of the most well-known authors in all of history. He wrote so many books, and they all had a rhyming theme to them. Even now when people hear poems like it, they think of Dr. Seuss! Or at least I do.

Most iconic Books:

-He has a “few” Iconic Books. I will only be talking about my 4 favorites, however.

Like I said, just a “Few”. He wrote so many books, but I believe these are the most well known!!

Genres:

-Children’s books*. Fantasy. Magic. Fiction. Classics.

* This isn’t always true, though. Dr. Seuss actually wrote a few books for the adult genres as well. He kept with the same theme, but they are not made for children. That is why I included the Asterisk. <- This symbol *

Rating:

-10/10. I love this author. I started reading his books when I was 9 months old. Now, they were upside down, but I was still reading!!

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 6-9

-My Opinion: Now this happens to be another instance where I hate the Phrase “Age Range.” I have a much better “Range”.  You listening?

I say ages 4+. You could be 120 years old and still love these books! I’m 19 and love to pick them up! So I guess we can say 4-120. And I say 120 because there are many people who live past 100. Only a few make it past 110. This is for them!

Basic Review/info:

-Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, and publisher who died in 1991. (Now you know me, I am very family Oriented. So this next part sits just fine with me!) Dr. Suess only had 2 wives during his lifetime. Hist first wife died in ’67. Dr. Seuss was a widower for one year. Then in ’68 he married his second wife. They were married until His death in ’91. “Till Death do us Part.” Dr. Seuss really lived to that!

He is most well-known as a children’s book author. However, Dr. Seuss was much more than that. He was a cartoonist and an artist for many magazines after his college life. (He attended both Dartmouth and Oxford. Now THAT is a smart kid!!) He then went to be an animator for the United States Army during the World War 2 era. It was only after the war that he got started on his children’s books career. However, this wasn’t going to be his first time writing. Yes, he did magazines back in the day. His first book was published before the war. But it is not one of his most well known. Not even I knew about it for a long time.

His first book was Published in 1937. Its name is: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. I personally have not read this book. But I can only imagine it is an amazing book!

Truth be told, I firmly believe that Dr. Seuss rivals the great William Shakespeare. And that is really hard to do!!

Long Review of Books:

-Now that we have the basic information out of the way, let us start the reviews on my favorite 4 books!

Green Eggs and Ham:

green_eggs_and_ham This is one of the best books Dr. Seuss wrote. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had Green Eggs and Ham, but it seems like an interesting meal. I’m guessing that the green egg is like the century egg. Basically black. *shudders*. Some people seems to like em. I don’t think I really would, though.  Fun fact real quick, though. Do you know how to pronounce Egg? “Eh-g”. Guess how I pronounce it? No takers? I don’t know why, but I have always pronounced it as “Eai-g”. I pronounce Leg the same way. It’s really 1: sad, and 2: annoying. Anyways…

Also, green ham… To me, that says mold is growing on it. And has been for a while! Call me crazy, But I don’t want to eat anything with mold on it. Granted, I love cheese… And cheese is mold…… But I don’t like Moldy cheese. Like Blue cheese. That stuff makes me sick to my stomach… I love Feta, though!  Alright, I’ll get back to the review.

 The Cat in the Hat:

220px-seuss-cat-hat The most iconic book Dr. Seuss has ever written. Or in my opinion anyway. So let me ask you a question? What happens when your mother will not let you do ANYTHING!!? Well, you get bored. You want to break the rules. But you can’t. So your minds wanders. And that is where the cat in the hat came from. Yes, I know that’s not what the book says. But I am trying to say what would happen IRL.

Brother and sister had the same daydream about a cat that comes to save them from boring hell. And their pet fish learns how to talk. What kid wouldn’t love that?!

Most children don’t like it when their parents tell them that they are not allowed to do anything. My younger brother is an example. Or some of my closest friends. Either they have boundaries that they find a way around, or they have none at all. My brother and I have very strict boundaries. But i love it. It keeps me in check. There is no worse feeling than disappointing my mom. Now yes, I am not Perfect. I have broken the rules before. But when I do there is a serious guilt that lays on me. And I tell my mom almost immediately. But that is because I respect my mom. Sorry… off track again… I do that a lot. Damnit, sorry. You came here for a review!

Anyway, the boundaries thing. One of my buddies had lax boundaries. As such he ended up being really lonely. And he tried to kill himself. more than once too. We are no longer friends, but that is beside the point. What I am trying to say is that even though these two hate the boundaries, it really keeps them in check.

What do I mean by that? well, just read the book. Things get out of control. thing one and thing two go bonkers and make a huge mess. the Cat doesn’t know what to do. And the two kids are doing everything they can to make things right again! (Cat in the hat game for the P.C. was one of my favorites. I played that to death!!) Did anyone ever see the movie? HERE is the link to the IMDB page. Mike Myers played the Cat. He had this Purple goop that made a huge mess everywhere. he encouraged the kids to break the rules. Jump on the couch with dirty feet. Drive illegally. And disobey their mom.

But in the end, the kids pull their bootstraps up and fix the problem. They remove the goop from everywhere and get thing one and thing two back into check.

I love this book. Because, even though it is meant to be entertaining, it teaches a moral at the end. And Dr. Seuss tells the best Morals!

How the Grinch stole Christmas:

how-grinch-stole-christmas His second most Iconic book. Now up above I mentioned Home Alone and Home Alone 2. The reason for this is because the Animated movie was playing. Not the one with Jim Carry, But the original. And I love those two movies. SO FUNNY!!! But You’re not here for that. (I say something later on about that. Or did I say it up above? Either way…)

Who is the Grinch? And Evil hearted Goblin that hates everything that is happy or bright. Hang on, I’ll come back to this in just a moment->

I was reading up on Dr. Seuss and I saw something That caught my eye. Dr. Seuss wrote this book because of something that happened to him. It was during the prohibition, and his family’s brewery was shut down. And I think he was arrested? I didn’t click on the article, but i thought it was very interesting. You always think that an author (Fiction author) just has an amazing imagination. But it looks like their real life actually influences a lot of their writings. Now, is this true? I’m not sure. But if it is, then that explains how the grinch is so mad. Because Dr. Seuss was Mad. And I guess he found a way to move past this problem. Once again, No clue at all if it was true! If it was, then it is one helluva story! Back to the review.

He mistreats his dog, and that right there angers the hell out of me. There is n such thing as a bad dog. Just bad owners. Dogs (Not cats. Cats have their own agendas.) ooze out unconditional love. But I guess that’s why the grinch was such a jerk to his dog.

Every single year he hates the sounds of the happiness of Christmas. so this year he decides to go and steal the Christmas presents and food from everyone in the town below. Even the little crumb for the mouse!! Now he expects that this will be devastating for everyone in the town and can’t wait to hear their cries of agony.

And then he hears something unexpected. Singing. Why? Wouldn’t you be so pissed off is everything you worked so hard for what taken away from you? well, they don’t. In fact, it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. Why? It is because the grinch failed to take away the one thing more important than material goods. Family. All of a sudden, the Grinches heart seems to stutter.

Yes, he’s having a hear attack. of sorts anyway. His heart is growing. Basically from a peanut to an orange. or something like that. But right then, The grinch learned how to be happy. And how to sing. and how to Love.

So he got back on his sleigh and rode the presents to everyone in the town. And at the end of the book, he is singing too.

Oh the places you’ll go!: 

thecuriousg-seuss-the-places-youll-go One of my favorites because it tells you never to give up. How do I mean? Well, I am talking about is the moral of this story. You can’t just wait around for something to happen. Life isn’t a game. The best way I can put this is to describe and use two of my favorite games.

Pokemon vs Skyrim.

In Pokemon, you can’t just wait around for rings to happen. If you just sit there, life won’t continue.  You want to be the very best and catch them all? Then YOU have to get out there and do something about it! You want to go and travel the seas? See things you never get to? Then GO! Stop waiting for things to happen and make them happen!

In Skyrim, it is some of the same deal, but better explained. If you just sit around and wait, nothing will happen. Life will continue around you. You may see a bear or two come in front of you, but you will never get to destroy the dragons just sitting there.

Are you not a gamer? Then here is the best possible explanation I can give you.

A river. Let’s say that we are all either fish, or leaves, and bugs, or even a piece of bark flowing by. You could even be a frog! But there are bumps along the way. A little cove that traps the water and you. A rock that blocks your vision. Someone who forces you into a corner and leaves you there. What are you going to do?

In this book, we are told to get up, get moving, and live life! Where do you want to go? In the river: You are whatever of those things I listed. You want to get to the Amazon river and you are stuck in the Mississippi river in a cover of constantly swirling water. What are you going to do? Just swim there and wait to die? Or are you going to find a way out of your mess? Get back into the flow of the river? and make your way to the Amazon. or the Nile. Or even the open Ocean!

That is what this book is about. Living your life. And not letting anyone take it away from you!!

So what are The Morals that Dr. Seuss left in these books? ↓

Green eggs and ham: Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may enjoy them!

Cat in the hat: Respect your boundaries. But at the same time, Have fun.

Oh the Places you’ll go: Don’t sit around and wait for life to end. Go! Live your life!

How the grinch stole Christmas: Don’t let anger and hatred Fester. We each can move past it! And you will be a happier and better person because of it.  (I did this recently. I made peace with one of the people that made my life a living hell. And I am a much happier person!)

The second moral is that Family is forever. No material good can replace that. Eventually, even Diamonds will fade away. But Family never does.

2 other Morals:

Sneeches: No matter what everyone looks like, including yourself, We can be all accepting. There is no reason why someone with different coloration or marks means they suck. Learn to accept everyone.

Horton hears a who: Everyone, no matter how small and insignificant, deserves a voice and a life. You know what I attribute this one to? Bees. Now, I am deathly allergic to bees and I am terrified of them. But I love honey. I used to stomp on them when I was younger because I was afraid they’d sting me. (I was traumatized by a nest of hornets. Just another stupid thing I did as a kid.) Now I just run away!!

Would Recommend Books by Author?

-Yes. He really knew how to get these Iconic books into your head. And they will never fail!!

Reason Chosen?

-Because he is an Amazing Author. And he rivals William Shakespeare! Look, I am a biased reader. Also “Author”. I say Author because, I am the only person on this blog. But this is My Library! It is how I feel!  My mom has a picture of me reading Dr. Seuss’s book upside down when I was 9 months old!! His books will always hold a special place in my heart! (If I could find the picture in our basement I would include it in here. My mom may know which bin of memorabilia it is in, but I highly doubt it.

Could you let me know what you thought about this? Talking about the author and my favorite books they have written? I rather enjoyed it!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack