Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines.
Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever!
In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills.
Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.
From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
Poor, long-suffering Dad deserves a little lift every once in a while, and who better to boost than Dr. Seuss? In this funky pop-up adaptation of the classic Hop on Pop, kids do their best to perk up Pop after a bad day. The furry yellow Seuss-critters know "it's best not to HOP on POP," but "we like to hop. / We like to hop / on top of Pop. / STOP!" Other, more human-looking children give their fathers gifts, such as "a set of Slim Jim Swim Fins" (pink, three-toed marvels), violin serenades, and for the man who has everything... "a Bright Dwight Bird-Flight Night-Sight Light." Clever paper engineering livens up this six-spread volume (not that anything by Dr. Seuss ever needed enlivening). Young readers will love making the gleeful characters hop on pop over and over, and will laugh to see the walrus (another less-than-welcome gift) licking one poor daddy's ear. It's hard to say who will enjoy this more: fathers or their well-meaning little urchins. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter