Dr. Seuss

Fascinating Secret Collections Unearthed

Sometimes, there’s nothing more exciting than a secret. In the case of these secret collections — art, writings, and entire worlds — the inner obsessions of their creators and keepers have proven to be strangely beautiful and endlessly fascinating. We explored the works and private lives of secret artmakers and collectors, unearthing an otherness and uniqueness that we can’t seem to get enough of. … Read More

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

A wizard of the written word, today marks the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel — better known as the dear Dr. Seuss. The beloved children’s author and illustrator created a menagerie of creatures that recited anapestic tetrameter, caused trouble, and captured our imaginations. The man behind beasties like the Grinch, Lorax, and Sneetches was a fascinating character in his own right. Here are 20 facts about the great Dr. you might have missed. … Read More

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Self-Portraits of an Illustrator and His Cat in 100 Different Artists’ Styles

True Story, Bravest Warriors, and Adventure Time illustrator Mike Holmes drew himself and his lovely cat, Ella, in the style of 100 different artists. Filmmaker and artist Johnny Zito introduced us to Holmes’ series. The Canada-based artist pays homage to some classic creators — Calvin and Hobbes’ Bill Watterson, Where the Wild Things Are’s Maurice Sendak, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ Dr. Seuss included. Contemporary artists also get props, and Holmes’ gender-swapped portrait, a nod to Jess Fink’s valentine fun project, is an excellent addition. See who got Mike Holmes’d, below. … Read More

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50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child

According to a new study, the hallowed practice of bedtime reading is falling by the wayside — and that some quarter of a million children in the UK do not own a single book. This is a terrible shame, as regular bedtime stories have been shown to increase children’s performance in school, and are also awesome and can help create strong lifetime bonds, both with literature and with parents. So, from the peanut gallery of those who loved being read to (and still wouldn’t say no to a bedtime story): 50 books that every parent should read to their… Read More

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Pop Culture’s Most Complex Cat Characters

The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

Despite their endless dumbing-down at the hands of everyone with a wifi signal and a copy of Photoshop, cats have been rich symbols for thousands of years, commonly associated with intelligence, femininity, evil (more on that later this week), sin, and class. Themes like these prove that there’s a lot behind the surface of our culture’s most ubiquitous animal, and cats continue to be incredibly stimulating subjects in books, movies, and the like. The creators of the following feline characters expanded upon those themes, subverted them, or ignored them completely to create some of culture’s most interesting cats. … Read More

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10 Great Books Starring Cats

The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

Looking for something that’s kind of like a cat video, but a little more literary? Writers have long been inspired by their pets, and particularly, it seems, by their cats. It’s not surprising then that our feline friends figure prominently in some great books, from Russian classics to YA masterpieces to that one book everyone has definitely read. After the jump, find ten of the greatest books starring kitties of every persuasion. Is this list missing your favorite? Add it in the comments. … Read More

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Movies, Books, and Video Games Reimagined As Dr. Seuss Art

We’ve pointed you towards the ingenious work of Dr. Seuss-loving artist DrFaustusAU on a couple of previous occasions, but he’s simply outdone himself with his new Seuss-inspired take on The Evil Dead, titled The Evil Dead Are in My Shed! We were so taken by this one, in fact, that we started poking around the “Seussian Gallery” on his DeviantART site and found several additional mash-ups of Seuss and films, books, and video games. Check out our favorites after the jump. … Read More

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The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books of all time, the beautiful, contemplative novella The Little Prince. To celebrate the book’s legacy (and to encourage any parents currently dragging their feet to get it for their little ones), we’ve put together a list of 25 essential books that every kid should have on his or her bookshelf growing… Read More

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30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes

This week, our mouths (and minds!) watered looking at a few delightful book cakes over at Shelf Life. Hungry as we are, we couldn’t resist scouring the Internet for more, from highbrow tomes to children’s books to full-scale collections in vanilla frosting. After the jump, check out 30 delicious looking literary cakes — and let us know which one you’d most like to bake (or eat) in the comments. … Read More

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The Kooky Private Hat Collection of Dr. Seuss

Perhaps the most famous of all children’s book authors, the venerable Dr. Seuss is known for his crazy characters and exuberant style — qualities that were just as present in his personal life as in his picture books. Among other things, Dr. Seuss was an avid hat collector, and for the first time this year, his hat closet has been opened, and 26 of his favorite toppers are traveling the country as part of the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibition. The exhibit is currently showing at the New York Public Library through February 11 (after which it will move to NYC’s Animazing Gallery from February 13-17), but you can preview some of Seuss’s weird and wonky hats — some modeled by the man himself — after the jump. … Read More

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