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Your Guide To The Dr. Seuss Graphic Novels
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Your Guide To The Dr. Seuss Graphic Novels

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to most as Dr. Seuss, is one of the most-loved cartoonists of the 20th century. Throughout his long career, he authored and illustrated over 60 children’s books – with titles like Green Eggs and HamOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishThe Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You Will Go! – which are still read today.

You’ve likely read the stories countless times if you’re in a Seuss-loving household. Random House Graphic recognises that and has launched a graphic novel line based on Seuss’ characters. 

This guide dives into Random House Graphic’s Dr. Seuss graphic novel line. This includes listing all of the titles in addition to answering all the questions you might have about them.

Are these new stories?

Yes. These graphic novels take some of Dr. Seuss’ most popular characters, such as the Cat in the Hat and The Grinch, and create new stories in the spirit of the original books by top cartoonists. Each chapter book graphic novel will focus on a specific Dr. Seuss character to tell a story over 80-96 pages.

Are these officially licensed?

Yes. Random House’s graphic novel division, Random House Graphic, has the official rights to publish these graphic novels. The publisher already publishes Seuss’ books, so this appears to be an extension of that publishing activity.

Cat Out of Water page 11 by Art Baltazar.
Cat Out of Water page 11 by Art Baltazar.

Are these graphic novels in the Dr. Seuss style?

Dr. Seuss had a distinct illustration style. Round yet elongated at the same time, there was a droopiness to it that accentuated the weirdness of the characters and environments on the page. It’s a style that has been imitated plenty of times over the years – with AI currently butchering it.

However, these graphic novels are going in a different direction. The cartoonists involved illustrate them in their own style instead of trying to match Seuss’. That being said, as you’ll see further down this guide, the art has been informed by Seuss by borrowing some of his visual language, making for graphic novels that feel familiar but look new.

What age-group do these graphic novels cater for?

The Dr. Seuss graphic novels are crafted with younger readers in mind. This includes having easy-to-follow page layouts and vocabulary that accommodates the intended audience. Random House Graphic lists on its website that the graphic novels are for ages 5-8.

Where can the Dr. Seuss graphic novels be found?

You can find the Dr. Seuss graphic novels in all good comic book shops, book shops, online retailers, eBay, and Amazon.

Want to know about where to find comics? Check out our comprehensive guide.

Dr. Seuss Graphic novel list

Below are all the Dr. Seuss graphic novels that are known at the moment. I’ll add more to this section as they’re announced.

Cat Out of Water cover by Art Baltazar.
Cat Out of Water cover by Art Baltazar.

Cat Out of Water

Written and art by Art Baltazar.

Sally and her brother’s day gets turned upside down when the Cat in the Hat pays them a visit. While the Cat offers a fun alternative to chores, things get chaotic when Thing 1 and Thing 2 arrive. Can the kids complete their tasks before their parents get home? Or will the house be an utter mess?

Cartoonist Art Baltazar is a fan favourite for his fun cartooning on comics like Tiny Titans and Itty-Bitty Hellboy.

The Grinch Take A Vacation cover by Kaeti Vandorn.
The Grinch Take A Vacation cover by Kaeti Vandorn.

The Grinch Takes A Vacation

Written and art by Kaeti Vandorn.

It’s vacation time in Whoville. Everyone is excited – except The Grinch, who doesn’t get what all the fuss is about. Determined to figure it all out, he tries vacationing for himself. But is it something that this grump can enjoy? His dog Max will try his best to make sure The Grinch does!

Cartoonist Kaeti Vandorn first two graphic novels Crabapple Trouble and Monster Friends are both indie bestsellers. She also has a weekly webcomic called Smol Frens.

The Grinch Takes A Vacation will be published on 24th September.

Untitled Green Eggs and Ham graphic novel

Written and art by James Kochalka.

Coming sometime in 2025, there will be a Green Eggs and Ham graphic novel by cartoonist James Kochalka. Not much is known about this at the moment.

James Kochalka is an award winning cartoonist, having won an Eisner Award, four Ignatz Awards, and a Harvey Award. Here was also the state of Vermont’s first Cartoonist Laureate.

Untitled Green Eggs and Ham graphic novel will be published in 2025.

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Will there be more Dr. Seuss graphic novels?

Yes! Random House Graphic will published further Dr. Seuss graphic novels. This will involved more Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, and Green Eggs and Ham stories in the future. Expect to see them in 2025 and beyond.

Hejji page by Dr. Seuss.
Hejji page by Dr. Seuss.

Did you know Dr. Seuss did a newspaper strip?

Most know Dr. Seuss for his children’s books. However, he also dabbled in comics. This included a lot of political cartoons and even a newspaper strip called “Hejji“. Hejji was short-lived, distributed in Sunday newspapers by King Features Syndicate for only three months in 1935.

It’s an interesting curiosity despite its brief publication. As you can see from the above image, Seuss has already refined the style of cartooning that he’d known for. It’s also full of oddball characters and ideas, which will certainly scratch that Seuss itch.

Unfortunately, Hejji has never been fully reprinted. Although, you can see many of the strips on the International Team of Comics Historians website (via the Wayback Machine). 

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