ALDI special buys: Which Dr. Seuss books isn’t the supermarket selling?

A selection of partial Dr. Seuss book covers

One of the themes for ALDI special buys this weekend (from 12 August 2023) is Book Week. And what jumped out at me was the cut-price selection of Dr. Seuss titles on offer.

ALDI is selling the books for $4.99, which is a big discount on the recommended retail price of $11.99. That said, you don’t usually have to pay full price. Both Big W and Amazon routinely sell the Seuss titles for $8 each.

Here’s the full list of the titles ALDI has on offer, in order of publication. I suspect you’d have to go to a few stores to be sure of getting all 20 of them.

  • Horton Hatches The Egg (1940)
  • The Cat In The Hat (1957)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back (1958)
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1958)
  • Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958)
  • The Eye Book (1959)
  • Happy Birthday To You (1959)
  • Green Eggs And Ham (1960)
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  • The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961)
  • Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1963)
  • Hop On Pop (1963)
  • Come Over To My House (1966)
  • Ten Apples Up On Top (1969)
  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990)
  • What Pet Should I Get? (2015)
  • Love From Dr. Seuss (2019)

That’s a healthy slice of Seuss, but it’s far from everything he wrote. Obviously it doesn’t include the six titles which were withdrawn from the market in 2021 because they contained insensitive and/or potentially offensive imagery: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937), If I Ran The Zoo (1950), McElligot’s Pool (1947), On Beyond Zebra! (1955), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976). But what else is missing?

Here are the main Seuss titles that didn’t make the cut in the ALDI sale. I haven’t included colouring books, compilations, stuff written under other names or new material that reuses existing Seuss illustrations. (Pedant note: Love from Dr. Seuss, which ALDI is selling, falls into that category.)

  • The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
  • The King’s Stilts (1939)
  • The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)
  • Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
  • Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949)
  • Gerald McBoing Boing (1952)
  • If I Ran The Circus (1956)
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963)
  • Fox In Socks (1965)
  • The Foot Book (1968)
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969)
  • The Lorax (1971)
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
  • The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)
  • There’s A Wocket In My Pocket! (1974)
  • Great Day For Up! (1974)
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)
  • Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
  • Hunches In Bunches (1982)
  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)
  • You’re Only Old Once! (1986)
  • I Am Not Going To Get Up Today! (1987)
  • The Tough Coughs As He Ploughs The Dough (1987)
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995)
  • My Many Colored Days (1996)
  • Hooray For Diffendoofer Day! (1998)
  • The Bippolo Seed And Other Lost Stories (2011)
  • Horton and the Kwuggerbug And More Lost Stories (2014)
  • Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum (2019)

My favourite Seuss book is The Lorax, which isn’t on sale. Oh well.

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