The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Monday, 2 March 2009

From there to here...from here to there...funny things are everywhere!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.  

What do you know? 
What do you say?  
You'd be a hundred and five today!

I was a latecomer to the written works of Mr Theodore Geisel.  As a wee kid I don't recall ever having been read any of the classics but from an early age I knew The Grinch.  As the November winds and snows whistled around the house, my dad would settle himself into his comfy chair and thumb through the latest edition of the TV guide.  He was not a big TV watcher, however there was one show and one show only that would make him put whatever was doing on hold and it happened each year around the begining of December.  My father loved The Grinch.  He could have recited the whole thing front to back and yet he never did.  He prefered the intonations of the legendary Boris Karloff to the echo of his own voice.  It is with fondness that I remember the childlike twinkle in his eyes as those stylistic snowflake credits rolled.

I only ever read Seuss when I started highschool and even then not a lot of his stuff.  It was only after we had kids that I really discovered how much he had written and how really good it is.  I think all parents and educators everywhere owe Dr Seuss an enduring debt of gratitude for making reading fun and for making it allowishable to slip in the odd made-up word, now and again.

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss.

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