‘If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.’
Could Theodor Seuss Giesel the best writer of children’s books the world has ever known? We think he might be… for these five reasons.1. He went his own way, as a rule breaker and a literary pioneer. He had the courage to try something that no one had ever done before. There’s a great sense of freedom surging though his work.
2. Dr Seuss mastered the language of children and regarded them with great respect. The building blocks of his fantastic prose is a simple, child-like lexicon.
3. His imagination for the absurd was second to none. His surreal plots and sensationally silly characters are illogical, anarchic and fun. Just like children are.
4. In his life he was an active champion of the underdog. You get the impression these sentiments expressed in Yertle the Turtle were in fact his own: “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, But down at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
5. Through very silly means, he had the ability to confer great wisdom. Whether that’s encouraging children to develop a love of reading: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” or reminding them to actively create their life’s course: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose,” he just had a way of making it all seem exciting, of making you want to listen to what he had to teach.
On top of all these reasons the thing we love most of all is how he viewed the world. The only way, the best way: with humour.
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
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