Theodore Geisel first used the penname Seuss during his senior year at Dartmonth College in the school’s humor magazine. Later as a professional magazine cartoonist, he began to sign his work as “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” which he later shorted and carried over to his books. Today, the name Dr. Seuss is synonymous with children’s literature, and his timeless stories have been translated into multiple languages and are enjoyed around the world. For this reason and because one of his most famous characters, the Grinch, is so closely associated with this time of year, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to the works of Dr. Seuss.
“THE 500 HATS OF BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS
/ LOS 500 SOMBREROS DE BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS”
Publisher (English): Random House
Publisher (Spanish): Turtleback Books
ISBN-13: 978-0394844848 (English)
ISBN-13: 978-0606374309 (Spanish)
This classic treatise on bullying is the story of a young peasant named Bartholomew, and his unjust treatment at the hands of King Derwin. Both characters live in the Kingdom of Didd, but while the vast landscape makes King Derwin feel important, it makes Bartholomew feel small. That is until the day he goes to sell cranberries at the market, and his life is changed forever. Al-though this is one of Dr. Seuss's earliest and lesser known works, it is nevertheless totally Seussian and addresses subjects that he was passionate about throughout his life: the abuse of power, rivalry and, of course, zany good humor.