* {{Anvilicious}}: Seuss's aesops are not delivered gently.
** Interestingly, he usually didnt write his books with morals in mind. He preferred to let it grow out from the story, saying A kid can see a moral coming a mile away.
* AreYouSureThisIsForKids: It was mostly adults who appreciated the {{Aesop}}s in books like ''Horton Hears a Who!'' and ''The Butter Battle Book''.
* CoveredUp: The Music/RedHotChiliPeppers did an adaptation of "Yertle the Turtle".
* CrazyAwesome: The circus and zoo featured in ''If I Ran The Circus'' and ''If I Ran The Zoo''.
* SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: ''The Lorax'' originally had the fish, chased out of their lake by pollution, say that "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie". But "People indeed cared a whole awful lot,/ And worked very hard, and better it got." (to paraphrase the book's ending) - and so Dr. Seuss removed the line.
** The ending of Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg: "And it should be, it should be, it ''should'' be like that / because Horton was faithful. / He sat and he sat. He meant what he said / and he said what he meant / and they sent him home, happy one hundred percent."
* MisaimedFandom: ''Horton Hears a Who'' has been co-opted as support by many pro-life groups, who use the famous line: "A person's a person, no matter how small" as their rallying cry. In truth, Seuss was commenting on how America was basically ignoring the rebuilding needs of post-WWII Japan, and that line in particular was intended to send the message that regardless of the fact that we had just fought a war against them, treating them that way was simply not right, and would probably engender further resentment against the United States.
** The man himself wasn't pro-life and sued a pro-life organization for using the phrase on their stationary.
** At least [[http://commonamericanjournal.com/?p=45492 one right-winger]] has compared liberals to the mooching animals in ''Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose'', which invokes DeathOfTheAuthor in light of Seuss' progressive political beliefs.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: If the book has AnAesop, it comes with absolutely no subtlety and is better for it.
* TearJerker: ''The Lorax'' is a good contender for the saddest Dr. Seuss book of all time. It proves that, indeed, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
** "Oh The Places You'll Go" is almost guaranteed to invoke tears, especially for young people just after graduating high school or college.
*** Becomes HarsherInHindsight because it was the last book published when he was alive.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The nudity in ''The Seven Lady Godivas'', some other books involve guns and killing.
* TheWoobie: Horton and Thidwick, Oh so ''very'' much.
** The Lorax, poor soul.
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