Top 100 Picture Books #61: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
#61 How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (1957)
Yes, that’s two Dr. Seuss books on my top ten list. In all honesty, I had trouble not including Horton Hears a Who as well. Between the Lorax’s anti-capitalist, pro-environment stance, Horton’s anti-racism, and this book’s anti-consumerism, Dr. Seuss taught me most of what I stand for as an adult. Plus, his absurdist verse and drawings are absolutely irresistible. – Mark Flowers
Books set during Christmas are akin to songs on top 40 radio – tons of people enjoy them, but critics don’t give them much credit. Don’t get it twisted: Seuss’s 1957 Yule-time tale deserves all the credit it can get, if for no other reason than the creation of The Grinch, one of the most indelible characters in picture book history. – Travis Jonker
You tell, ‘em, Travis! He makes a good point.
When you stop to consider the sheer number of memorable folks that appeared out of the Seussian brain, it’s quite impressive. And we’re not talking about the overblown musical or the lamentable Jim Carrey production (rivaling only Mike Myers’ The Cat in the Hat as worst children’s picture book to film adaptation in history). That would be the only children’s film I’ve ever seen that had a key party in it. This is true. No we’re talking about the book. A book that should be shown to more kids, particularly when you consider how much better known the Chuck Jones Grinch is these days.
Filed under: Best Books, Top 100 Picture Books Poll
About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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