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I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

By Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

One of Dr. Seuss' more heavy-handed works.

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Good but one problem

He lied. He didn’t actually have trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew.

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This is one of Dr. Seuss's more heavy-handed works, and its lesson about the folly of chasing happiness may go over kids' heads. And though it is a funny book, because of its black humor, it may be more amusing to adults than to children.

The book's ending is problematic for school audiences: "I've bought a big bat. / I'm all ready, you see. / Now my troubles are going / To have troubles with me!" One teacher buffered the idea by suggesting that Dr. Seuss wanted to encourage readers to protect themselves -- but by running away, saying "No!," telling a grown-up they know -- if anyone threatens them.

Book Details

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: August 12, 1965
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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