The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

The Parker Public Library will be holding its sixth annual Celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, and local businesses have a chance to join in the fun. The library is sponsoring a Dr. Seuss Business Decorating Contest. The decorations should feature characters and scenes from Dr. Seuss’s children’s books.

“Dr. Seuss” was the pen name of Theodor Seuss Giesel (1904-1991), an American cartoonist, illustrator and writer. He wrote many children’s books, starting with “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” in 1937. He worked in the film department for the U.S. Army during World War II, where his work included collaborating on the “Private Snafu” cartoons with the Leon Schlesinger Studio, AKA the Warner Bros. cartoons.

This collaboration would lead to several animated versions of his stories in the 1960s and ‘70s. Most of these were directed by Charles M. “Chuck” Jones, the creator of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.

Following the war, Seuss returned to writing and illustrating children’s books, including “Yertle the Turtle,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Sneetches,” “The Lorax,” and, perhaps his signature book and character, “The Cat in the Hat.”

Judging will take place March 3 and the winner will be announced March 4. The winning business will receive a $100 gift card from La Piazza Pizza. To enter and participate in the contest, please send an e-mail to library@townofparker.us by March 1. For more information, please call 928-669-2622.

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