Writing a fabulous rhyming book isn’t easy. In interviews, Dr. Seuss tried to explain to non-rhymers why it took him so long to create stories that were so short.
"The problem with writing a book in verse is,” he told an interviewer from the Los Angeles Times in 1986, “is to be successful it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound easy. When you can do it, it helps tremendously because it's a thing that forces kids to read on . . . right through to the end—to the final beat.
"The main problem with writing in verse is, if your fourth line doesn't come out right, you've got to throw four lines away and figure out a whole new way to attack the problem."
I am a children's book author and folklorist based in Portland, Oregon.
Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote 'The Cat in the Hat"
Random House, 2018. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
*Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Kirkus.
The Great Dictionary Caper, illustrated by Eric Comstock (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster)
On sale January 23, 2018. **Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.
Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.