Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss (March 2nd)! This is illustration is a blend of “The Cat in the Hat” (which will turn 59 on March 12th) and the iconic Eustace Tilley from “The New Yorker“. Written with only 225 approved “new-reader” words provided by his publisher, Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel) intended “The Cat in the Hat” to be a fun alternative to the dull “Dick and Jane” primers. In addition to writing and illustrating some of the most enduring children’s books of the 20th century Dr. Seuss was also a political cartoonist. His interest in social issues inspired both “Yertle the Turtle” and “The Lorax“. And at least one critic finds Cold War fears as a structure in “The Cat in the Hat“.
The Cat in the Hat, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board