Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a classic, well-written story that speaks optimistically and realistically about the all that a child will do later in life. This story, like his other books, has a nice rhythm to it and a rhyme that children love. The drawing-like pictures are well-recognized as Dr. Seuss’ work.
The first page and the last page (shown bellow) a very similar with their simple drawings and plain background. From what I have seen, it is not uncommon for the picture book to starts and end with a simple half-a-page. I think the goal was to emphasize the words on both of these pages.
First page: Last page:
On all of the pages, Dr. Seuss leaves part of the picture plain or blank so that he can put the words there. Only on five of the 44 pages are the words in the middle of the page. On most pages, they are either at the top or bottom half of each sheet of paper. I think this is to emphasize the picture rather than the words on each page.
The colors are bright but simple. They look like the colors you would find in a box of crayons, representing the whole rainbow, even if the object would never be that color. Using of many different colors creates a contrast between objects on the page. Some of the pages that have less happy ideas have more muted tones.
There is always more to observe the longer that you look at the picture.
Dr. Seuss adds in funky shapes that make the image more exciting, like his blue tree tops that look like clouds. His houses are seemly falling over and many things do not stand straight. All of the pictures are in mid-action, even the ones at the beginning and end where the main character seems to be in a hurry to “go places.”
This is my favorite image, not only because he is actually moving a mountain which is a cool idea, but in the way that he does it. Each of the supports of the mountain is such a unique shape. It makes me think of kids using unwanted materials to make something. If an adult were to try and move a mountain they might declare it impossible or use some very structured complicated machine. I think that this picture shows the optimism that Dr. Seuss wants for kids. The belief that they can use what they have, to do what they want, if they work at it.