Judy Taylor Hough

Springfield’s Finest

Theodore Seuss Geisel

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There must be few people who have not encountered one of the children’s picture books by Theodore Seuss Geisel, alias Dr Seuss, although I wonder how many have heard of his very first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street? Rejected for publication seventeen times, it eventually found a publisher in the United States in 1937. Mulberry Street took an extraordinarily long time to reach the UK – another thirty-four years – but it has been in print in both countries ever since, as have the many others that followed it. Possibly the most famous of all Dr Seuss’s picture books is The Cat in the Hat and, judging by the shrieks of enjoyment from the very young audience at the Young Vic Theatre enjoying the recently dramatised version in London in mid-February, it is still the most popular.

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