Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but did you know it’s also Theo LeSieg’s birthday? Like Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg also wrote several great “I Can Read It All by Myself” beginner books. It’s likely that you’ve already read them. Remember Ten Apples Up on Top, In a People House, and Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (see images)? Those were all Theo LeSieg. And also like Dr. Seuss, he would have been 108 years old today too.
Ok, ok, I’ll cut it out. Theo LeSieg is Dr. Seuss. He wrote several books under the Theo LeSieg pen name, but other people did the illustrations for those books. Nowadays, the Theo LeSieg books that are still being printed have Dr. Seuss listed as the author on the cover with a footnote that says, “writing as Theo. LeSieg” in slightly smaller letters.
Dr. Seuss once said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
He’s right about that. Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg, today we’ll remember all the fun we had reading your books, and we’ll thank you for helping us learn to read by entertaining us with all that nonsense.