Children in the United States (US) are almost certainly familiar with books called ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. The author, Theodor Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield. Massachusetts.
Geisel is better known by the pen name Dr. Seuss taken from his middle name, Seuss. Throughout his career, he wrote 48 books, including children’s and adult books, which were in the best selling category.
Books by Dr. Seuss sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and was translated into a number of languages. The hallmark of his book is that it has odd rhymes and the character of the main character is also strange but quickly accepted by the public.
The first children’s book written and drawn by Theodor Geisel, ‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street’, was rejected by more than 20 publishers. However, the book was finally published in 1937. His first best-selling book, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, was published 20 years later or in 1957.
The character of a naughty cat was successfully created by Dr. Seuss after the publisher asked him to produce a book using 220 vocabularies from readers. The proposal was considered to be an alternative entertainment for reading books at school for children, which at that time were mostly boring.