Once Upon a Time . . . : A Quiz Deck on Children's Literature
Not a physician, though his pen name suggested it, this writer published 12 children’s books before his breakthrough success—a story starring a chaos-inducing feline with a trademark chapeau. Name this wildly popular author and the famous book.
Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel) (1904–1991) began using his middle name as a pseudonym in college magazines, and by 1928 he had added the honorific. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, came out in 1937, and 11 more followed before he hit the jackpot in 1957 with The Cat in the Hat. The Cat sold nearly a million copies by the end of 1960, allowing Dr. Seuss to quit his day job in advertising. Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Lorax, and many more books used clever wordplay and witty illustrations to rack up sales of more than 220 million copies. “I think I can communicate with kids,” he once said, “because I don’t try to communicate with kids. Ninety percent of the children’s books patronize the child and say there’s a difference between you and me . . . I treat the child as an equal.”