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Dr Seuss Characters - My Top Five

Updated on April 24, 2012

My Top Five Dr Seuss Characters

Dr Seuss created hundreds of funny characters for his books. Some of them starred in their own books, some were recurring and some appeared in only a page or two. Find out which ones I love the most; this page features my top five and a number of other memorable characters.


1. Sam-I-Am

Sam-I-Am is the pestilential proposer of the plate of Green Eggs and Ham in one of Dr Seuss's most famous stories. Sam-I-Am is cheeky and persistent, with that child-like optimism that cannot be deterred from seeing a positive outcome.

Sam-I-Am continues to offer Green Eggs and Ham to a nameless sceptic throughout the book, suggesting that they be tried "here or there", "in a box", "with a fox", "in a boat" and "with a goat" to mention but a few.

Sam-I-Am prevails at the end in a scene where all the people and animals of the story hold their breath with anticipation as the gruesome Green Eggs and Ham are tried. Sam-I-Am remains one of my favourite Dr Seuss characters and probably many other people's favourite too.

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The illustration featured on this colourful Dr Seuss T Shirt is the moment, near the end of the story, when the train carrying Sam-I-Am and the Nameless Sceptic plunges into the sea with all the characters from the story on board. The persistence of Sam can be seen as he is still offering the Green Eggs and Ham underwater.

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Snuvs Wearing Gloves
Snuvs Wearing Gloves

2. Snuvs Wearing Gloves

Although they only appear in one page of one Dr Seuss book, "Oh The Thinks You Can Think", the Snuvs wearing gloves are one of the most memorable Dr Seuss characters to me and highlight the beauty of Dr Seuss's trademark wordplay.

When I was a child I used to enjoy making up fictional creatures and drawing them, so Snuvs with gloves stuck in my mind and are still one my favourite Dr Seuss characters.

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If you are a fan of Snuvs, then this Dr Seuss T Shirt featuring a collection of weird "Snuvs" wearing their silly gloves alongside giant mushrooms from an illustration from the book, "Oh The Thinks You Can Think" is for you.

This colourful Dr Seuss T Shirt really captures the spirit of the imaginative theme of "Oh The Think You Can Think".

The Lorax
The Lorax

3. The Lorax

The Lorax is a strange hermit-like character who "speaks for the trees" and attempts to counter the environmental destruction that is created in the Truffula tree forest by the industrialisation of the Once-ler.

The Lorax is persistent in pointing out the unsustainability of the Once-ler's environmental exploitation and campaigns on the behalf of the creatures that inhabit the forest; the Bar-ba-Loots, Swommee Swans and Humming Fish, all of which have to leave due to environmental destruction.

I have always been interested in nature and my degree is in Wildlife and Countryside Conservation, so, naturally, The Lorax is one of my favourite Dr Seuss characters.

The Lorax is to be made into a 3D animated movie, you can read about it here: Lorax Movie .

The Sneetches
The Sneetches

4. The Sneetches

The Sneetches are the title characters in the Dr Seuss book of the same name. Sneetches are either star-belly Sneetches or Sneetches without stars upon thars and this makes for a social divide that sees the Star-belly Sneetches enjoying marshmallow toasts on the beaches whilst those without stars are left to kope in the shadows.

What I love about the Sneetches is that they all end up equal after being ripped off by a confidence trickster, Sylvester McMonkey McBean, and even though they are stupid, bigoted and foolish they all end up happy together.

The Sneetches rule!


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If the Sneetches are one of your favourite Dr Seuss characters then this t-shirt is just for you.

The Cat In The Hat
The Cat In The Hat

5. The Cat In The Hat

The Cat in the Hat is almost certainly Dr Seuss's most famous character and the most widely recognised. The cheeky Cat in the Hat features in two of his own stories and is the featured character in a couple of Dr Seuss activity books, not to mention that he is generally used as a Dr Seuss logo.

What makes the Cat in the Hat one of my favourite Dr Seuss characters is just his sense of fun. All he wants to do is make tricks and play silly games and bring a big smile to people's faces. Although the Cat in the Hat is a bit naughty, he is just pure fun.

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More Great Dr Seuss Characters

Some other Dr Seuss characters that I like.

Fox In Socks

Fox in socks is a wonderful Dr Seuss character; playful, fun, optimistic and colourful. he introduces the most ridiculous tongue-twisters to the upset of poor Mr Knox.

Yertle The Turtle

The foolish King Yertle is a lesson for all egotistical leaders with his empire built upon the suffering of others; nice to see him end up in the mud!

Sylvester McMonkey McBean

This guy is an utter scoundrel, cheating the Sneetches of all their money and dreams. He's such a cheeky conman that you have to smile.

Horton The Elephant

Elephants are always likable but Horton is such a kind-hearted creature it is difficult not to like him particularly when he takes up the cause of the Whos.

Thing 1 Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so likable because of their happy grins and silly mischief. I just wouldn't want them round my house as guests.

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