Theodor Seuss Geisel (b. March 2, 1904)

It seems to be that people can be neatly divided into those who loved The Cat in the Hat as a child and those who most decidedly did not.

What I haven't quite worked out is what this reveals. Something to do with that Yeatsian anarchy loosed upon the world, no doubt.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.

If you loved or hated that anarchic cat, why not tell me why in the comments section?


Anonymous said…
Love Dr Seuss. I must confess that I have a hard time understanding why people wouldn't like his work.

What first drew me to his books were of course his dynamic, Rube Goldberg-esque illustrations. What kept me coming back for more was his clever, intelligent, multi-layered stories and characters. It was the first time I had ever felt that a writer was speaking directly to me. I still feel that way when I read his books.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Anonymous said…
Didn't. But I have a note from my mother, which says I had never heard of Dr Seuss.

My brother-in-law gave us three Dr Seuss books when his nephew was born, and I thought they looked like horrible books. Was on the verge of getting rid of them when one child (forget which, now) demanded I read from Cat in the Hat.

I can only apologise and say how I now realise that some books are made to be read out loud to someone. Even yourself, if necessary.
m said…
Loved the book, but hate that damn cat.

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