33 Facts About Dr Seuss


Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children's author and cartoonist.


Dr Seuss is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr Seuss.


Dr Seuss's work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.


Dr Seuss left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life and various other publications.


Dr Seuss worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for FLIT and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM.


Dr Seuss published his first children's book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937.


Dr Seuss published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, five feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

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Dr Seuss received the Regina Medal award from the Catholic Library Association in 1982.


Dr Seuss received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Special for Halloween Is Grinch Night and Outstanding Animated Program for The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat.


Dr Seuss was encouraged in his writing by professor of rhetoric W Benfield Pressey, whom he described as his "big inspiration for writing" at Dartmouth.


Geisel's first work signed "Dr Seuss" was published in Judge about six months after he started working there.


Geisel's political cartoons, later published in Dr Seuss Goes to War, denounced Hitler and Mussolini and were highly critical of non-interventionists, most notably Charles Lindbergh, who opposed US entry into the war.


Gerald McBoing-Boing was based on an original story by Dr Seuss and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.


Dr Seuss published most of his books through Random House in North America and William Collins, Sons internationally.


Dr Seuss received numerous awards throughout his career, but he won neither the Caldecott Medal nor the Newbery Medal.


Dr Seuss asked Geisel to cut the list to 250 words and to write a book using only those words.


Dr Seuss's wife was ill at the time, so he delayed accepting it until June 1956.


Dr Seuss received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians in 1980, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature".


Dr Seuss won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984 citing his "contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents".


In 2017, the Amazing World of Dr Seuss Museum opened next to the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in the Springfield Museums Quadrangle.


In 2008, Dr Seuss was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.


Dr Seuss's honors include two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Inkpot Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


Dr Seuss has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard.


Dr Seuss has been in Forbes list of the world's highest-paid dead celebrities every year since 2001, when the list was first published.


Dr Seuss was honored with a Google Doodle in March 2,2009 in celebration of his 105th birthday.

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Dr Seuss himself noted that it rhymed with "voice".


Dr Seuss added the "Doctor " to his pen name because his father had always wanted him to practice medicine.


Dr Seuss's cartoons portrayed the fear of communism as overstated, finding greater threats in the House Committee on Unamerican Activities and those who threatened to cut the US's "life line" to the USSR and Stalin, whom he once depicted as a porter carrying "our war load".


Dr Seuss was fond of a sort of "voila" gesture in which the hand flips outward and the fingers spread slightly backward with the thumb up.


Dr Seuss was fond of drawing hands with interlocked fingers, making it look as though his characters were twiddling their thumbs.


Dr Seuss's books have topped many bestseller lists, sold over 600 million copies, and been translated into more than 20 languages.


The second, The Wubbulous World of Dr Seuss, was a mix of live-action and puppetry by Jim Henson Television, the producers of The Muppets.


The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Warner Animation Group and Dr Seuss Enterprises have struck a deal to make new animated movies based on the stories of Dr Seuss.