Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones audiobook

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination

By Brian Jay Jones
Read by Mike Chamberlain

Penguin Audio
18.00 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
  • $27.50
    or 2 Credits

    ISBN: 9781984841988

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations. Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books—remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.  Coming right off the heels of George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.   

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A Parade Magazine Pick of the Month

New York Times Book Review pick of the Best Books Now in Paperback

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations.

Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books—remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well.

Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun. 

Coming right off the heels of George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time. 
 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sweeping in scope, unstinting in detail, and willing to criticize or contextualize when needed.” New Yorker
“Geisel is a hilarious and insightful character whose love of literature is almost as infectious as his timeless rhymes.” Washington Post
"[A] fascinating read that discusses the origin of the humorous, simple rhymes, bizarre creatures, and magic that characterized Geisel’s books.” NPR
“A loving portrait of a singularly creative man, whose influence is as strong today as ever.” AV Club 
“A warm, defining biography of one of the most beloved writers of this or any time. Literary Hub
“A meticulously detailed yet thoroughly engaging look at the life and artistry of this American original.” BookPage
“The real-life tales that sparked America’s favorite children’s author.” New York Post
“An important and interesting book about an author who greatly influenced our culture and most certainly our educational system.” The Missourian 
“Whether readers are familiar with Dr. Seuss books or not, they will find this biography absorbing and fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Brian Jay Jones

Author Bio: Brian Jay Jones

Brian Jay Jones is the critically-acclaimed, bestselling biographer of books on some of the world’s most iconic creative figures, including Jim Henson, George Lucas, Washington Irving, and Dr. Seuss. For some three decades, he has served as a writer and policy advisor to elected officials at all levels of government, including ten years in the United States Senate.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 18.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English