Dr. Seuss: a Style that’s Remembered

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:

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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.

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2 Responses to Dr. Seuss: a Style that’s Remembered

  1. Yunqing Jia says:

    Ah, yes, Dr. Seuss. Always a classic.
    Dr. Seuss’ works are extremely well recognized and probably a part of almost everyone’s childhood. He tells stories in a simple but interesting manner. There are a lot of funky shapes and small details to the illustrations, that people may find it interesting re-reading the book. There are no hard-edged lines so that the story flows smoothly. I noticed that you did not talk about the enlarged and colored first letter in the book and the capitalized sentence in the last picture you showed. The choice of fonts is also an important part of storytelling. Sometimes the author changes the font of a line both to draw the reader’s attention and to emphasize on the message he is sending.

  2. Nicholas Huang says:

    I definitely remember reading this book. I definitely agree with your analysis that there are a lot of images that are mid-action. I think the mid-action photos show a sense of never stopping imagination. Dr. Seuss has the a tendency to put in photos that are incredibly abnormal. This way he can continue his theme of imagination. I definitely agree that there is a message that conveys that if someone continues to think about something enough, they can really achieve what they dream of. I think that message is more for the minds of more mature audiences. The idea of imagination is more for little kids. The layout of this book definitely puts a higher emphasis on the picture rather than the words. The pictures are also quite elaborate. But interestingly enough, he doesn’t seem to feel a need to color those pictures. I think it’s because he wants more focus on the actually variety the picture itself provides.

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