Dr Seuss completed How The Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957 and it is probably one of his most popular and loved books.
Illustrated with ink drawn pictures using only black, red and pink it is written in rhymed verse.
I remember spending many happy hours of my childhood with the Grinch and other Dr Seuss characters.
One of his other popular stories is The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham., other popular books from this period of my life were the Asterix and Tin Tin graphic novels.
The main character of the story, The Grinch, is a cave dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small" he lives on the 10,000 foot high snow covered Crumpet Mountain with his only companion, Max, a rather dim witted dog.
From his perch high above the nearby town of Whoville, where the Whos ( warm-hearted and friendly people) live he can hear the Christmas festivities taking place and envious of their happiness he plots to stop their Christmas.
The Grinch makes plans to descend on the town and steal their presents and decorations to prevent Christmas from coming.
However despite stealing the Whos presents and decorations Christmas still comes to Whoville and so the Grinch realises that Christmas is more than the presents and decorations.
And so his heart grows three sizes larger and he returns all the the Whos presents and trimmings and is warmly welcomed to Whoville by the Whos.
MGM adapted the story to TV in 1966 as an animated TV special which was directed by Chuck Jones, a friend and former colleague of Dr Seuss and included the text direct from the book in spoken from.
The songs used to fill out the story to the length of a tv program were written by composer Albert Hague with lyrics by Dr Seuss.
He also lengthened the text with two verses, one describing the Who children noisily playing with their Christmas toys.
The TV special has been highly praised by audiences and film fans alike and has been rebroadcast on numerous times since its original debut.
It is usually featured in the list of 250 top films and is broadcast annually.
The Grinch has appeared in many other adaption but none as popular as the 1966 TV Special.
A live action movie based on the Grinch was released in 2000 starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
The movie became a financial success despite some very book reviews which compared in unfavourably to the book.
Much of the story was change for the movie and normal dialogue was used instead of the original verse from the book.
Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas Figures
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