Dr. Seuss told approximately twelve gazillion versions of how he came up with the idea for Horton Hatches the Egg—none of which are probably true. (Source.)
Did Dr. Seuss have kids? Yep—stepdaughters. Oh, and some imaginary children, including "Norval, Wally, Wickersham, Wickles, Boo-Boo [and] Thnud," in case you were looking for some baby names. (Source.)
Seuss is one of our favorite Peter Pans. From the horse's mouth: "My books don't insult [children's] intelligence. Maybe it's because I'm on their level. When I dropped out of Oxford, I decided to be a child, so it's not some condescending adult writing." With Horton Hatches the Egg, we see how it's possible to talk adult concepts at kid level. (Source)
Anybody have $9,000 bucks we can borrow? We really want to buy this original Horton dustcover.