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The Best Five Books by Dr Seuss

Updated on May 22, 2013

Great Books by Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss books are some of the best children's books ever written. Dr Seuss's books are illustrated with the wackiest drawings depicting bizarre worlds with even stranger characters.

Dr Seuss uses rhyming text, usually with a low number of words, in order to help children learn to read his stories and in doing so creates some really funny writing which appeals to children and adults alike.

I read a lot of books; literature, cartoons, bestsellers, non-fiction, and some of Dr Seuss's books are amongst my favorite books ever.

In this lens I feature what I think are Dr Seuss's best five books.

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss - Try them try them and you will see!

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

This has to be my favourite Dr Seuss book. As a child I loved the ridiculous situations in which Sam-I-am attempts to get his victim to try Green Eggs and Ham in. The excellent rhyming text and bizarre illustrations go to complete a wonderful book; one that every fussy eater should read.

My parents used to read this to me when I was being "difficult" and refusing to eat something and I still quote it to people who are unadventurous eaters (which is quite often as I lead birdwatching trips in Thailand). My favorite illustration from the book is towards the end where everyone ends up in the sea and waits for the Sceptic to try the food; the look on the goat's face is hilarious.

I still love Green Eggs and Ham!


2. The Sneetches by Dr Seuss - Now everyone can go to frankfurter roasts.

The Sneetches and Other Stories
The Sneetches and Other Stories

The Sneetches is a brilliant story of weird yellow creatures who have a highly divided society where a "star-upon-thars" makes one part of privileged society and allows one to attend exclusive marshmallow toasts and other such social events on the beach. These ridiculous creatures are then provided with a populist quick fix by the devious Sylvester McMonkey McBean who runs off with all their cash, leaving the Sneetches unable to know who is who.

As a child I loved the weird Sneetches and the funny illustrations of them partying on the beach and looking forlorn and downtrodden. I still love this story for its forever pertinent message.

This is a brilliant story with an obvious message and delightful illustrations.


3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss - Thing 1 and Thing 2 come round to play.

The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat

This is one of the zaniest books you could ever dream of with a strange behatted cat providing manic entertainment for two children who have been left at home alone on a rainy day. Rainy days can be frustrating and dull for kids but the cat has the solution to that with all sorts of silly tricks and capers to impress the kids with. However, when he releases Thing 1 and Thing 2 it looks like mother will come back to a wrecked house but the children get together to trap the Things and the Cat helps them clean up the house just in time.

I had some rainy days like this when I was a youngster but the mess I made was all my own doing and unfortunately I did not have the Cat's machines to help me clear up.

This is an absolutely mad book which children and adults of all ages love.


4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss - It makes your heart grow!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

This story is a funny parody of the commercialism which continues to creep into Christmas in which the grumpy old Grinch tires of hearing the happy Whos of Whoville enjoying Christmas. He attempts to stop Christmas by stealing all the presents and trimmings on Christmas Eve but even though he succeeds in this plan Christmas arrives anyway. After much grouching and moaning there is a happy ending for everyone.

I never actually read this Dr Seuss book when I was young, but I did see the cartoon. I was prompted to read this story after watching the Hollywood adaptation with some children that I was teaching and it quickly became one of my favorites.

I love the miserable old Grinch, there aren't enough lovable old moaners in children's books.


5. Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss - A person's a person, no matter how small!

Horton Hears a Who!
Horton Hears a Who!

This is a splendid story which has lots of strange characters as is normal for Seuss and it focuses on the fact that Horton the elephant is ridiculed by other animals for talking to the tiny Whos of Whoville who no one else is able to see. After being imprisoned for his beliefs the Whos eventually manage to make enough noise to convince all that they exist and Horton is finally released from his cage.

As a child I loved Horton because he was cute and looked after those who needed his help. As an adult I love poor old Horton for sticking to what he believes in spite of his beliefs being unfashionable; a standpoint that few in the public eye seem to hold these days.


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I have created many pages about Dr Seuss books and products that are based on his characters and stories; I have collected them all together here:. Dr Seuss Lensography.

Researching for these pages has made me read many of the Dr's books again and I have found that not only do I still enjoy them, but I have found many of his books that I had never read as a child. I can remember reading Hop on Pop with my grandfather and loving both Green Eggs and Ham and The Sneetches so that I read them again and again as well as getting my parents to read and reread them to me. I also remember my father scaring me silly with a pair of "pale green pants" from the story "What was I scared of?"

Of course Dr Seuss books are great fun and have quite a visual impact but at the same time many of them have a message behind them; these are the reasons that there is still a great following of these funny stories as well as a huge range of products that are in great demand by old and young fans alike.

Feedback On This Page - What Do You Think Of Dr Seuss Books?

Dr. Seuss Classroom Banner, Horton Hears A Who, 12 x 45 Inches
Dr. Seuss Classroom Banner, Horton Hears A Who, 12 x 45 Inches

Which are your favourite Dr Seuss books? If your favourite is not here please let me know which it is. Any other comments on the lens or anything Dr Seuss-related are also welcome.


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    • nickupton lm profile imageAUTHOR

      nickupton lm 

      6 years ago

      @Bookmama2: Thanks, I replaced the missing image with the Horton the Elephant banner above.

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      6 years ago

      I love Dr. Seuss books. I think he was a genuis getting kids to read.

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      6 years ago

      Your thing1 image for this section is missing. Other than that a first rate lens. I will add it to the related lens section of my lens on Dr. Seuss characters.

    • Steve Dizmon profile image

      Steve Dizmon 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Excellent selections. It is difficult to choose favorites from Dr. Suess.

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Dr. Seuss has been a favorite in our family for 3 generations ... I've even found and saved a few fun to make recipes for kids based on the Dr. Seuss books.

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      8 years ago

      My favorite Dr. Seuss book as a kid was Wacky Wednesday.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      9 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Great lens!


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