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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the best-known children's books by Dr. Seuss. It is written in rhymed verse, with illustrations by the author. It showcases the famous character, The Grinch, and has been adapted to other media, also discussed below. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... This article is about the animated special. ... This article is about the feature film. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red... A rhyme is a repetition of identical or similar terminal sounds in two or more different words (i. ... This article is about the art form. ... The Grinch is a popular cartoon character created by Dr. Seuss. ...

Seuss completed How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in 1957. The mid-1950s were a fruitful period for Seuss, during which he wrote many of the stories for which he is most admired today, including The Cat in the Hat, If I Ran the Circus, and On Beyond Zebra. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... The Cat In The Hat is a childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ... If I Ran the Circus is a 1956 childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ... On Beyond Zebra! is a classic illustrated childrens book by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. ...

The book is one of the purest examples of Seuss's style. The ink-drawn illustrations make use of only black, red, and pink (the latter being the color of the Grinch's eyes), and the versification is strict and never skips a syllable. The purity of the verse is increased by the fact that Seuss avoided introducing made-up words intended to fit the meter (for example, "Jill-ikka-Jast" or "Sala-ma-goox", both from Scrambled Eggs Super).


The Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small," lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep, 10,000 foot high mountain just north of Whoville, home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos. His only companion is Max, his faithful but dim dog. From his perch high atop Mount Crumpit, the Grinch can hear the noisy Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville. (The Whos of this book may or may not be the minuscule Whos of Horton Hears a Who; In the Broadway musical Seussical, the Grinch's Whos and Horton's are one and the same, the Grinch being microscopic and living on the dust speck as well. In the live-action movie, Whoville is located in a snowflake.) Envious of the Whos' happiness, he makes plans to descend on the town and, by means of serial burglary, deprive them of their Christmas presents and decorations and thus "prevent Christmas from coming". However, he learns in the end that despite his success in stealing all the Christmas presents and decorations from the Whos, Christmas comes just the same. He then realizes that Christmas is more than just gifts and presents. His heart grows three sizes larger, he returns all the presents and trimmings, and is warmly welcomed into the community of the Whos. The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ... For other uses, see Mountain (disambiguation). ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Horton Hears a Who! (1954) is a rhyming story by Dr. Seuss. ... Seussical is a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Love gift Man presents a cut of meat to a youth with a hoop. ...

The Grinch in popular culture


Seuss' rhyming style has always made his work a popular reference and target for satirists, and the Grinch was no exception.

  • Humorist Bill Maher presented How the Grinch Stole the Election in November 2000.
  • In 1999 the Grinch made a cameo in the Family Guy episode- "A Hero Sits Next Door", wherein Joe recounts (in flashback) being paralysed as a result of a rooftop battle with the creature.
  • The creators at "Most Offensive Video" have created an offensive parody entitled "How the Grinch Stole Kwanzaa". The story depicts the grinch as a racist white male who is determined to destroy Kwanzaa for the residents of "Hoeville". The story is said to be narrated by Bill Cosby although it is an actor imitating him. The story also has characters from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as well.
  • In the rpg Guild Wars, players can during the celebration of Wintersday, accept the quests You're a Mean One, Mr. Grenth, or steal presents from the "Grenches" running around in town in order to destroy them.
  • In the role-playing game World of Warcraft, players can complete a quest in which a yeti-like monster, the Greench, has stolen food from one of the leading holiday suppliers; players must defeat the Greench to reclaim the supplies and get the food for themselves.
  • The Grinch has been seen in the South Park episode "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!" where he appears as The Grinchiepoo, he, along with most other characters and the roast beast, are changed to include the word "poo" in their names (i.e. "Cindy Lou Poo" and the "roast poo."
  • The Grinch has often been parodied by The Simpsons. The animated special is briefly parodied in a 1993 episode "Last Exit to Springfield". After shutting down the power plant during a strike, Mr. Burns hears the picketing employees singing down below, cups his hand to his ear in a fashion similar to the Grinch, and recites a snippet of Seuss-like rhyming verse. Also, in the 2003 episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season", Homer breaks into everyone's homes and steals the gifts given by Ned Flanders, while singing to himself to the tune of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". Then throughout the 2006 episode "Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2", a direct parody known as "The Grumple" appears numerous times.
  • Staff Members of Adventure Quest, posing as The NPC Zorbak, wrote the story, "How the Ebil Moglin Stole Frostvale (AQ's Winter holiday)", with Zorbak himself as the star.
  • A Christmas cartoon short on Nickelodeon titled "How Grinchelica Stole Christmas" featured narration by Tim Curry and had Angelica from Rugrats play the role of The Grinch, Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants as Cindy Lou, and her cat Fluffy in the place of Max the Dog.
  • One comic of Ctrl+Alt+Del has the Grinch sneaking into the living room, and then beat up by Ethan.
  • In a Christmas episode of That '70s Show, Red Forman is annoyed at Bob Pinciotti's huge display of Christmas lights, and steals them while Bob isn't home. In the background as Red attempts to sneak away with a heap of lights, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" can be heard sung in the background. Later, Red reveals that he threw Bob's lights in the dumpster behind the Fatso Burger.
  • Comedian Mike Toomey impersonated Boris Karloff's narration for a comedy skit called "How the Grinch Stole Hanukkah", in which the character spoils things for "the Jews down in Jew-ville".
  • In Living Color has a cold opening sketch where the Reverend Jesse Jackson (played by Keenen Ivory Wayans) promotes Dr. Seuss books for poor black children, one of which is "How the Grinch Stole My Stereo" (mistakenly said by Ivory Wayans as "The Grinch Who Stole My Stereo")
  • On the Christmas episode of Titus called "Houseboat," Titus reads a parody of "The Grinch" called "The Kenge" based on the heinous acts of revenge his father inflicted on him (such as urinating in the gas tank of Titus's car after catching him smoking weed, stuffing his clothes in a garbage disposable for leaving the front door open, and taking a chainsaw to Titus's bed as he sleeps).
  • A writer named Rob Suggs wrote a parody of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" called "The Binch" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Some erroneously believed that it was an effort to explain the attacks to children, but this was proven to be nothing more than an internet rumor.[1]
  • In the Kim Possible episode A Very Possible Christmas, Dr. Drakken blurts out the same Seuss-like nonsense words to describe the Christmas gifts others are getting. Shego makes him stop, though.
  • In the Lizzie McGuire episode Xtreme Xmas, Lizzie blurts out similar Seuss-like nonsense words to describe the rest of her families efforts to fix the plumbing in a nursing home attended by an eccentric old man who may or may not be one of Santa's elves.
  • The author of the webcomic "and Shine heaven now" created a parody of the Grinch for a Christmas story line in late 2004, replacing the cast with the members of the Hellsing manga.
  • In one comic strip of the Boondocks, Riley Freeman, who is trying to get a Playstation 2 out of his grandfather, tries to buy the Grinch online, believing it to be an instructional guide to holiday theft.

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Perhaps because of its demanding meter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has seldom been effectively translated, and it is hardly known outside of the English-speaking world. Nonetheless, a Latin translation was prepared by Jennifer Morrish Tunberg with the help of Terence O. Tunberg, entitled Quomodo invidiosulus nomine Grinchus Christi natalem abrogaverit (literally: "How the little envious one named Grinch stole Christ's birthday"). Rather than the rhythmic rhymed text of the original, the Tunbergs produced a prose translation in a somewhat rhythmic Latin. Instead of Dr. Seuss' repetitions of words, the Tunbergs generally come up with multiple synonyms, for instance, the "NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!" becomes "STREPITUS, CREPITUS, STRIDOR, FRAGORQUE!" The work has been highly praised by classicists. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
"Fortasse," inquit "Laetitia diei festi ex ipsis muneribus non proficiscitur..."
"Fortasse," inquit Grinchus, "Laetitia diei festi non est res empticia, non est res quaestuosa!"

Publication data

  • Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). How the Grinch Stole Christmas! New York: Random House, 1957, ISBN 0-394-80079-6
  • Dr. Seuss. Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit: How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Latin. Translated by Jennifer Morrish Tunberg with the assistance of Terence O. Tunberg. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1997, ISBN 0-86516-419-3

See also

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