|In the last years of his life, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) began working on a story about a boy trying to sell a square blue balloon, an allegory about swindlers that he ultimately abandoned. Eventually, he gathered his favorite unpublished artworks from over the years and pinned them to his studio walls. His biographers described what happened next: “Soon these sketches began to evolve into the most powerful graphic work he had done in many years.”
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, became Dr. Seuss’s final book and his last literary hurrah. Quoting his biography, “There was never any doubt that Ted considered Oh, the Places You’ll Go! his farewell salute, his last parade, Mulberry Street gone worldwide.”
Published the year before Ted Geisel passed away in 1991, Oh, the Places sold 800,000 copies within ten months of its release. A decade later, over five million copies had been sold. Nearly a half a million books continue to sell each year with over 10 million now sold since publication. USA Today announced on July 15th that it was among the 25 top-selling books of 2013.