The Pocketbook of Boners & Harvard Headlines
I spent many days as a child either shut in for misbehavior or recuperating from one of my frequent childhood illnesses. One of my few amusements during these times was reading. My parents had a book called "The Pocketbook of Boners", a little book which described itself as "true, actual missteps, misprints, and misconceptions". I guess I have a warped sense of humor, as I could only read a few pages at a time before I was laughing and howling until I.... well, you know. And I'd have to put the book down until I regained control of various bodily functions. See some samples.
I did not realize until recently that the compiler of this book was none other than the famous author of the Dr. Seuss series: Theodor Geisel. I always felt his stories themselves were tedious, although most kids apparently love the rhyming and reiteration, but I adored the illustrations.
A few years ago a neighbor in back of us had his huge mango tree hat-racked - that is, all the branches with leaves cut off, an awfully damaging thing to do to a tree. A rainy season followed, and each bare branch end sprouted leaves like mad. For a month I dragged everyone I could lay hands on out into the alley just after sunset to see a real, live Dr. Seuss illustration! I was amazed at the number who took a look and said, "Huh???" or "So???"
Here's some examples (neither of them mango trees, and neither as "Dr. Seussy" as the mango was. I wish I'd made a snapshot, but....):
Some great photos and a good example
The very starkness of this
tree in Scotland evokes emotions. This photographer has a huge archives
of gorgeous photos to browse. Take a look by clicking on the link
See Dr. Seuss's official website with more games and fun.
Dr. Seuss's earlier works included extensive political cartoons during World War II - see some samples.