"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up."
According to Theodor Seuss Geisel
, his name rhymes with voice, not loose. Given his gift of rhyme, we guess he should know.
The author of 44 children's books and the creator of countless characters, it's hard to believe that Dr. Seuss
would refuse to attend a party where the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Loraxes, Sneetches and the Grinch were in attendance. In fact, this quote sounds as if it should have been uttered by the Grinch himself.
Though a household name today and author of some of the most beloved children's books ever created, his books were initially rejected by publishers. In fact, "And to Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street", his first, was allegedly turned down 28 times before Random House wisely picked it up.
It's a good thing that Dr. Seuss didn't give up on this 27th try, or we would never be able to delight in his brilliant stories, which were originally thought to be too outlandish to appeal to children. Instead, Geisel would have been left to soldier on in advertising, creating campaigns for Standard Oil. The oil industry's loss was definitely our gain, though it's intriguing to wonder if his fantabulous Voom could have cleaned up the Gulf Oil Spill as easily as it did the backyard in "The Cat In The Hat Comes Back."