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YMMV: Dr. Seuss
  • Anvilicious: Seuss's aesops are not delivered gently.
    • Interestingly, he usually didnít write his books with morals in mind. He preferred to let it grow out from the story, saying ďA kid can see a moral coming a mile away.Ē
  • Are You Sure This Is For Kids: It was mostly adults who appreciated the Aesops in books like Horton Hears a Who! and The Butter Battle Book.
  • Covered Up: The Red Hot Chili Peppers did an adaptation of "Yertle the Turtle".
  • Crazy Awesome: The circus and zoo featured in If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo.
    • Also the thing that was "seen" on Mulberry Street.
  • Heartwarming Moment: 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 Horton Hatches The Egg: "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."
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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 one right-winger has compared liberals to the mooching animals in Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, which invokes Death of the Author in light of Seuss' progressive political beliefs.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: If the book has An Aesop, it comes with absolutely no subtlety and is better for it.
  • Tear Jerker: The Lorax is a good contender for the saddest Dr. Seuss book of all time. It proves that, indeed, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
    • "Oh The Places You'll Go" is almost guaranteed to invoke tears, especially for young people just after graduating high school or college.
  • The Woobie: Horton and Thidwick, Oh so very much.
    • The Lorax, poor soul.
    • While the aesop of The Sneetches is supposed to apply to all of them, one can't help but feel sorry for the original plain-bellied Sneetches for how they were discriminated against.

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