Friday, December 07, 2012

Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline Smith

As a children’s librarian I hold a fondness in my heart for the classics of the genre - and the work of Dr. Seuss is no exception. What few know is that Theodor Geisel’s body of art is broad in scope and reaches far beyond the iconic illustrations found in books like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. What Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat contains is an inclusive look at the many and varied works produced throughout Geisel’s lifetime. Though primarily an art book, Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat contains basic biographical information in regards to how the events of Geisel’s life affected his body of work.

Theodore Geisel was constantly creating. The world witnessed firsthand his commercial work, political cartoons and children’s books. What few were lucky enough to enjoy was his private collection. Geisel kept this collection separate, with the intention of sharing it with the world only after his death.

With a fascinating profusion of classic Seuss creatures, surrealism, political satire and even taxidermy, Geisel’s collection is truly worth experiencing firsthand. This coffee table jewel is an enlightening look at the true depth of this artist’s little known work and is available at VBPL for your browsing pleasure. And, to enjoy the traditional Dr. Seuss experiences, why not reminisce over some of his children’s classics?

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