The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough

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I was weaned on the genius of Dr. Seuss. I can still vividly recall the fantastical characters and creatures that so thoroughly captured my young imagination and made me want to read more. In the collection The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough: Early Writings and Cartoons by Dr. Seuss, the author’s distinct whimsy is on full display. These works are decidedly more adult, or at least aimed at a more adult audience, with clever wordplay and biting satire giving way to a delicious frenzy of absurdity as the good doctor proves that he’s always held a slightly bizarre but ever hilarious sense of humor. As I read, I was absolutely delighted to see that the drawings and cartoons were signature Seuss, populated by his odd menagerie of animals, some of which I recognized as making their way into his later works which I devoured in my formative years. This collection was a pure joy, and has instilled in me an even greater appreciation for Dr. Seuss’ unique sensibilities, and for his vast influence.

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