There's so so much to read! has been meticulously re-created from Dr. Seuss's 1978 beginner book, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! By reintroducing his lovable and mischievous Cat in the Hat, now accompanied by an impressionable young Cat protégé, Theodor Seuss Geisel continued his lifelong legacy of promoting literacy with this book's thematic message that reading can be fun, funny, and education, all at the same time.
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! was written and illustrated while Ted Geisel was in the midst of a five-year series of cataract surgeries, lens implants, and treatments for glaucoma. During that time, Ted commented that his left eye saw colors "as bright as Picasso." While, through his right eye the world looked "like Whistler's mother." Ultimately, he dedicated I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! to his ophthalmologist, "David Worthen, E.G.* (Eye Guy)." Ted admired and respected Dr. Worthen, eventually including him in his list of the 65 people who "mean everything to me."
Photo of Ted: Taken 1977, by Jill Krementz.