Dr. Seuss

“THE MORE that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” according to Dr. Seuss who gave this report in one of his books, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

When the children’s author wrote those words, he didn’t know that his popular writings would be released in the e-book format.

Yet, that’s what is happening, according to his publisher, who said the Dr. Seuss canon will be released in e-book format, beginning this month.

And it won’t be surprising if e-book readership increases with the release of the Dr. Seuss books. Although the New York Times News Service reports that e-book sales have exploded in the adult trade fiction in the last five years, picture books have been lagging far behind with several publishers reporting that e-books represent only 2 to 5 percent of their total picture book sales.

Just think, through e-books, children may become acquainted with such characters as the “Fox in Socks,” “Yertle the Turtle,” “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” and “The Cat in the Hat.” Then, too, there’s the infamous Grinch, and they’ll find out how he stole Christmas.

The characters’ actions take them to fanciful places and situations. The author once commented, “I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

E-book readers won’t be able to familiarize themselves with all of Dr. Seuss’ characters initially. The first titles, which will be released Sept. 24, according to the New York Times News Service, will be “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!” and “The Lorax.”

Sept. 24 is the date of Dr. Seuss’ death in 1991. By that time, Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel had written and illustrated 44 children’s books.

They were translated into more than 15 languages and also resulted in children’s television specials, a Broadway musical and a feature-length motion picture.

The e-books are to be faithful reproductions of the print books in regard to text, illustrations and layout.

Seuss also had some words of wisdom for adults – “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”