“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a fictional children’s book first published in 1957. The story features a bitter cave-dwelling creature called the Grinch who is annoyed by the Christmas celebrations in the nearby town. He decides to steal all of the Christmas presents and decorations to stop Christmas. Despite his efforts, Christmas comes anyway and he learns that Christmas is more than gifts and decorations. The author uses this story to focus on the commercialization of Christmas. The book was later made into an animated special, which has become a popular Christmas tradition. A number of other adaptations, including a feature film and musical, have also been created. Let’s find out who wrote this popular Christmas story.
Who Wrote “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”?
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was written by the famous children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Deuss. Geisel also provided the illustration for the original publication of the story. The book was published in 1957 by Random House and also in an issue of Redbook Magazine in the same year. Since the original publication the book has sold millions of copies and is commonly featured in lists of the top children’s books of all time.
In 1966 Geisel authorized an animated version of the book, which was completed by Chuck Jones. Geisel and Jones were friends and former colleagues and worked closely on the animation. This animated version is narrated by Boris Karloff and closely follows the original story. It is still shown every Christmas on American television, often on Christmas Day, and it is one of the only Christmas specials from the 1960’s that is regularly shown on television.
Did you know?
The 2000 feature film by the same name stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch. This film is the second highest grossing holiday movie of all time.