Sunday, July 18, 2010


It happened again.

A customer asked me to point out our Dr. Seuss section in the bookstore. I started walking her there, and she mentioned that she needs GO, DOG. GO! I made an abrupt left turn and steered her to Beginner Books. I pulled out GO, DOG. GO! and gently pointed out that it's actually written by P.D. Eastman.

Not Dr. Seuss.

And THAT'S why we still need booksellers.

(I have nothing against the good doctor, you understand. I even own two well-thumbed autographed copies of his books, but HE'S NOT THE ONLY WRITER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS!)

What about you? It's okay to admit it. Is there a kids' book you've always mistakenly thought was written by Dr. Seuss -- and it turned out to be written by someone else?

If not, what's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I think mine is Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Which, believe it or not, was a Caldecott Honor book in 1950.


  1. Do you like my hat? I like Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slodbodkina. You could set up a table in your store with Seuss/alter-Seuss pairs to raise public awareness. I do love Dr. Seuss.

  2. I've always liked Fox in Socks, myself. My daughter is just getting into them at two. Go, Dog, Go really has that Dr. Seuss "look" to the cover, so I can see where someone would be confused, for sure!

    xoxo -- Hilary


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