Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to his fans as Dr. Seuss, was the well-known children’s author of such stories as “Green Eggs & Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
“The Cat in the Hat” possibly his best known book, created as a reader for children, used only 225 words.During his life, he won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Peabody Award. He sold over two million books.
He was also an illustrator and cartoonist, and produced advertising campaigns for an oil company for 15 years. Altogether he wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books, provided the source material for 11 children’s specials, as well as a musical on Broadway and a motion picture.
Yet his first book, “And To Think I Saw It On MulberryStreet,” was rejected 27 times.
It all started when Geisel was stuck on a ship returning to the States from Europe. The thumping rhythm of the engine inspired his first children’s book: “And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street.” He tried to find a publisher, but the book was rejected 27 times. He was considering destroying the book when he shared the story with an editor friend. The friend stepped in, and Dr. Seuss was born.
One of his most famous rejection letters included the words, “This is too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.”