Look Inside. Aug 12, ISBN years. Nov 05, ISBN years. A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life! When our hero stubs his toe, he decides to find a less troublesome place to live. At least, very few.
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Published by Random House. Then he is so focused on looking forward that a Quilligan Quail sneaks up behind him and bites his tail! Just when he thinks he has solved his troubles he is attacked from above and below by a Skritz and a Skrink! At that very moment, when he is surrounded by troubles a chap pulls up in a One-Wheeler Wubble pulled by a camel. The chap tells our hero about a place called Solla Sollew.
Then he invites him to join him on his travels to Solla Sollew. They climb all night over bumpy rocks. When dawn comes the camel gets sick and they have to pull him up hill to find a doctor. Pretty quickly the Wubble chap hops on the One-Wheeler and our hero has to pull him and the camel along by himself. The chap explains:. I furnish the brains. You furnish the muscles, the aches and the pains.
When they find the doctor the Wubble chap stays with the camel and tells our hero that he is almost there. When he gets to the bus stop there is a sign that explains that the bus driver ran over four nails and popped all four tires so there is no bus coming. So, our hero continues on foot. A storm comes and he tries to get some sleep in a small shelter.
He floats for twelve days on the remains of the shelter. Luckily, someone throws him a rope and pulls him out of the water, but when he gets to the top of the rope he is confronted by General Genghis Kahn Schmitz. General Schmitz announces that there is a war and he must join the fight. He is given a pea shooter and thrown into the fray. When he gets into the middle of battle he finds that there is not just one Poozer, but a whole mass of Poozers! The army retreats in defeat, but our hero is left surrounded by Poozers.
They bumped me with bikes and they banged me with dishes. I ran into ladders, Beds, bottles and fishes. I skidded on garbage I fell in a horn. I wished I had never been born! He finally escapes through a small trap door.
He looks around and discovers he is at the beautiful River Wah-Hoo! He has finally made it to Solla Sollew! Welcome to sweet, sunny Solla Sollew, Where we never have troubles. At least very few. As a mater of fact, we have only just one.
Just one little trouble, my son. As the doorman tries to put the key in the lock a Key-Slapping Slippard slaps it out of his hand. So, the City of Solla Sollew has gone to pot! Our hero does some quick thinking and decides to go back home where he may run into all sorts of troubles…. Now my troubles are going To have troubles with me!
He decides to go back and face his troubles head on with a confident smirk on his face. The art for the last few pages is fantastic. There is a spread with the doorman headed off right to go to the new city and our hero is on the left making a quizzical face. We see him just thinking. Then the next page is him back at home, bat in hand, ready to challenge his troubles and rather happy about it!
There is a sort of fun little detail in the book. In a much earlier post I mentioned that the fish in a bowl that is famous in The Cat in the Hat actually appears in some earlier books such as If I Ran the Circus. Well, it also appears in this book! It is also the only other object on the page, other than our hero, to be orange.
Everything else is greens and purples, so the fish really stands out. Seuss had a difficult time completing this book. He was beginning an affair with the woman that would eventually become his second wife she was married at the time, as well, and had two children. Helen wrote to a friend at the time:. The newer cover sort of jumps ahead. Instead of showing us the troubles on the road to Solla Sollew, it shows us the arrival at Solla Sollew with the doorman and key.
It seems less adventurous, but the strong primary colors definitely grab my attention more than the pastel colors of the original cover. He told me go left. Then he told me go right. This image has such amazing contrast with the brightly colored trees on a black background. There is no white other than the One-Wheeler which makes the page so much more full.
My eyes want to take it all in at the same time. The cool colors and little moon convey nighttime so well.
This is one of my favourite Seuss books, and the one that got me hooked when I was six or seven. I borrowed it from the school library and never looked back. Even now, I get shivers down the spine every time I open this book. Thanks for this posting — this really is my favourite blog in the universe!! Thanks Mark! Seuss book. Seuss parody? The artwork especially is excellent. The Cal of Cthulhu is so well done! The artwork is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing I found it online.
This book moved me incredibly, and I did not read it until I was I keep a photocopy of the last page on my wall. Paul, I absolutely love that Dr. Seuss can anyone at any age at many different points in our lives. Thanks for this! I love this book and the last page always makes me laugh. I wish I could find original artwork, print or poster of some of these pages. I would have them mounted! Todd, it is rather difficult to find original prints for Solla Sollew, but you should consider making your own.
It could look lovely! Seuss books especially I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Solew were forming my lifetime perspective at least as powerfully and for just as much bad and good as […]. My Favourite Dr Seuss book. Loved his send up of the glorious military campaign that ends in an ignominious retreat. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
The story features classic Seuss rhymes and drawings in his distinctive pen and ink style. The book is a first-person narrative told by a young narrator who experiences troubles in his life mostly aggressive small animals that bite and sting and wishes to escape them. He then goes back home to deal with his "troubles", arming himself with a big bat and resolving that "Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! The journey includes several fantastic, and troublesome, encounters. In one instance, the protagonist is forced to haul a wagon for a bossy companion. I furnish the brains. You furnish the muscles, the aches and the pains.
I Had TROUBLE in getting to SOLLA SOLLEW
Published by Random House. Then he is so focused on looking forward that a Quilligan Quail sneaks up behind him and bites his tail! Just when he thinks he has solved his troubles he is attacked from above and below by a Skritz and a Skrink! At that very moment, when he is surrounded by troubles a chap pulls up in a One-Wheeler Wubble pulled by a camel. The chap tells our hero about a place called Solla Sollew. Then he invites him to join him on his travels to Solla Sollew. They climb all night over bumpy rocks.
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