Book Review: Dr. Seuss

. . . . . . . Well, he did it. Dr. Seuss clawed and climbed up to the top of the children’s literature hierarchy. Once he got there, he took his place forever. Let’s discuss a little of how he did it.

. . . . . . . The nature of the brutal children’s market is belied by the innocent faces looking up to the book. A combination of luck + influencers (rhinos) is needed to win through. Here’s how.

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” — Dr. Seuss

. . . . . . . He made coherent, stand-alone worlds. For instance, the Grinch’s world has the Grinch as an arch-villain, and a specific “look” to Christmas.

. . . . . . . The “Green Eggs and Ham” world is similar. But all worlds are held together by Seuss’s unique outlook and artistic style.

. . . . . . . He drew an adult way.

. . . . . . . There was no childishness to his scrawlings. He approached his art in a surreal fashion. Things seemed “BIG” when they were on the page unless he needed to get a teeny-tiny perspective, and then he doodled his way down to that layer. But his general default mode was BIG.

. . . . . . . The dialogue was of medium level of complexity.

. . . . . . . Although the words were generally small, they were put together in a way demonstrating competence and complexity. Like when the “twos” twins were bouncing across the page. They did more than just go “wheeee!”

. . . . . . . And finally, everything came together to make a world similar to the rest. (That way, you were reentering the Seuss multiverse.) The combination of all the factors was galaxy-forming. A new meta-reality, sketched in greater detail page by page, defined its own order, its own level of gravity, its own slippery-slideyness down the slopeiness.

. . . . . . . Do YOU want to mimic Dr. Seuss’s accomplishment? Do what he did, but do it your own way. And remember: kids have taste, too. Don’t serve them sour eggs and shitty ham!

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Dr. Seuss

      1. That’s right! Thanks for adding that point to my little essay. Multi-generational appeal. This is one of the reason I like the comments section — they round out and fluff out the piece adding pertinent details.

  1. That hypothetical question we always get – “If you could have lunch with / interview any famous person…” I would say Dr. Seuss! I’ve never answered that before. But he’s gotta be it. So unique. I wanna ask him about his process. How does he think of this stuff.

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