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I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,102 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Illus. in full color. "The hero of this hilarious tale discovers that in attempting to avoid trouble one often encounters even greater difficulties. Seuss fans will be enthralled."--Childhood Education.
Hardcover, 59 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Collins (first published 1965)
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Jacob Bailis
Feb 15, 2008 Jacob Bailis rated it it was amazing
Some families read The Bible together; we read this. I see on Facebook that my brother chose it as one of his favorite books which isn't surprising; it's that kind of book. The moral is the one thing in this world my mom, my dad, my brother and I agree on: If people mess with you, smash their faces in. It may not be the best way to solve problems, but it sure beats running away, or turning the other cheek and waiting for some savior to come and carry you off to heaven for it. There's no heaven. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh.. Only if Goodreads would allow more than 5 stars...
It was somehow different from other Dr. Seuss.. But it was amazing...
Thanks once again to dear Hoda for everything..
Skylar Burris
Jul 03, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I remember liking this as a kid, but I just re-read it to my daughter and loved it. What a clever anti-utopian message wrapped up in a children's story. What the kid learns, on a subtle level, is that in this world you shall have tribulation, but, be of good cheer, because you can always take a baseball bat to your troubles. Well, perhaps that conclusion sounds a bit rough around the edges, but the point is that it's better to confront your troubles and make the most of the world you live in tha ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter managed to find a copy of this in her school library so we get to read another Dr Seuss book.

I'm amazed that Dr Seuss managed to predict the rise of Victor Meldrew, because that is what this story is about. Our furry friend is out walking one day when he stubs his toe and from this one small event things escalate out of control until one day he finds himself going to war with a pea-shooter. We enjoyed the story, wonderful rhyming and some fantastic made up places and creatures. As fo
Stephen Gallup
Sep 06, 2012 Stephen Gallup rated it it was amazing
I read this charmer for the very first time last night when putting my little guy to bed. What a pleasant surprise!

Up till now, if asked to pick a favorite Seuss title, I’d have gone for The King’s Stilts, mainly because of memories of having it read to me as a child. (We still have an early edition of that classic, which might be worth some money if only my sister and I hadn’t marked up the pages.) Dr. Seuss's better-known creations are great fun, too. Last spring my 12-year-old did a school r
May 18, 2010 Cami rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Dr. Suess book.

I love the lengthy and clever lesson that this book teaches.

A chap is having trouble one day and he decides, on advice from the Wubble chap, to run away from it and go to Solla Sollew, where he has been promised "there aren't any troubles, at least, very few."

He learns, very importantly, that you really don't want to trade your current troubles for what may lie ahead, that the best thing to do is face what is before you and give your troubles some trouble with
Lisa the Librarian
Jan 07, 2010 Lisa the Librarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seuss-ophiles, someone struggling, everyone,
Recommended to Lisa by: Julie Rudd
This is a hidden treasure of Dr. Seuss. Much less known than many of his other books, this is one of my favorites.

I discovered it in high school when our drama teacher adapted it into a reader's theatre performance. Practicing it for hours and performing it over and over (including at the state drama competition where it won first place) I used to have the whole thing solidly memorized.

This week I pulled it out again to share with the students at my school. I, surprisingly, still have it mostly
Apr 25, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
This is a little odd, even for Seuss.

An unidentified thing, our narrator, is having a rough day. He trips, he gets stung... and every time he looks around to prevent it from happening again, something new shows up on his unwatched side!

Finally he bumps into a man going to Solla Sollew, where they don't have troubles - or at least, very few.

And this starts his whole troublesome trip. He was safer at home! He finally arrives, exhausted, only to find out that they've misplaced the key and he can't
Jan 20, 2016 Jaynie rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my most favorite Dr. Seuss books!
Jul 22, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
This book is very much a Dr. Seuss moral fable. The gist of the story is one of utopian yearnings, as the main character bird attempts to get to the city of Solla Sollew, in which the residents don't have any troubles, "or at least very few."
Dr. Seuss does a nice job of showing that no matter what a person does to try avoiding troubles, troubles will still end up somehow finding their way to every person. This lesson is shown in a light-hearted way that makes for some funny rhymes that I enjoy
Oct 30, 2014 Leah rated it liked it
I had trouble in getting to Solla Sallew was a cute children’s picture book by Dr. Seuss. The story started with a cute little creature of Dr. Seuss’s creation, which had a similar appearance to a cat or a dog. This creature’s goal in life was to live a life without any trouble. However, at the beginning of the book, he started to experience his first signs of trouble, until he meets someone who knows of a place without any trouble at all. This excites the little creature, and he ventures out to ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This delightful children's book is deceiving in its many layers of meaning and criticism of modern culture, religion, and the spirit of rebellion.

"Seuss suggests that neither utopian self-delusion nor foolish escapism can neutralize the need for day-to-day existential struggle. Solla Sollew is a parable of innocence and experience, of paradise lost and never regained." (Getting to Solla Sollew: The Existential Politics of Dr. Seuss by Betty Mensch and Alan Freeman.
May 24, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My English teacher from my senior year of high school read this book to the whole class. It was the first time I had even heard of this Dr. Seuss book, but I loved it so much. She told us that a million and one people are going to read and/or gift Oh, The Places You'll Go! to us (she wasn't wrong). She said that she much preferred to read this story to us instead.

It's easy to see why she was my favorite teacher of all time.

I wish I knew about this book when I was younger and I hope that I will
May 07, 2016 Beatrice rated it it was amazing
Really funny!
Michelle McBeth
Sep 27, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
This book was a bit reminiscent of Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day where bad days happen, but don't they happen to all of us?
In this book by Dr. Seuss, the character is having a rough time in his town so when he is enticed by another to find a better land where nothing bad ever happens, he goes on a journey to find the place. The problem is, everything bad that could happen along the way does. When he finally arrives, he realizes that being home is not such a bad thing. He returns, but a
Dec 12, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Yes! This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book as a child, but for years I couldn't remember the name cause I was too young when it was read to me. There's such an under lying darkness to many of his books, and this one's no exception. I love the ending too, cause it really sends a strange, mixed message about dealing with one's troubles. Highly recommended for adults and children.
Dharia Scarab
Dec 29, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Nov 18, 2015 JIA QIU rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-emotional
The story opens with a carefree young creature in the Valley of Vung starting to have problems because he gets tripped all the time. Discouraged by these setbacks, he is all ears when a chap on a One-Wheeler Wubble comes along and says that there will be never any trouble in the City of Solla Sollew, and offers take him there. The trip turns out to be very difficult. Finally at Solla Sollew, a new problem arises. From this experience, he decides to be more proactive in the future. "Now my troubl ...more
Jeff Beland
Apr 27, 2015 Jeff Beland rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite Dr Seuss book. I remember sitting on my grandfather's lap reading it again and again. The moral in this book that you have to face down your problems and not run away to some pie in the sky dream has gotten me through many rough times. I find myself pulling it out every year or so and rereading it. I absolutely love the last page of the book when he talks about getting a big bat and now his troubles will have troubles with him. In the beginning he's just trying to lo ...more
Christina ~
Feb 18, 2015 Christina ~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
This book. So many memories. My grandmother was the most patient woman on earth, no...on second thought that would be my mother! The point is that my grandma would listen to me read this book over and over and over and over again. Then repeat. I remember it as though it was yesterday...

Dr. Seuss is the reason I love books, the reason I am a book addict. The reason I have such an indescribable passion for words. The reason I am a language anarchist. He was.

The reason I'm writing this non-review r
Pam Venne
May 20, 2016 Pam Venne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, fun
Erickson, the early psychologist, who provided us with the 7 grow stages of life and the obstacles we need to conquer has dedicated this book to stage seven.
Stage Seven: During the adult years, the struggle between generativity and stagnation occurs. These individuals are striving to be productive at work and to build a family at home, or risk stagnation.
While this book is found in the children's section it has a powerful message about mid-life crisis and how each of us is searching for somethi
Dettie Leestafel
Dec 26, 2015 Dettie Leestafel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De titel van het boek zegt het eigenlijk al een beetje Aan de andere kant van de heuvels... zal het gras altijd groener zijn. Met andere woorden ook al lijkt het ergens anders beter en mooier, ook daar zijn zorgen en problemen dus je kunt ze beter onder ogen zien en aangaan. Het hele verhaal is natuurlijk ook een metafoor voor de overgang van de zorgeloze jeugdjaren waarin alles een leuk avontuur is naar het volwassenen worden met alle hoge en lage drempels, zorgen en problemen die erbij horen. ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
A land where there's no trouble? Does such a place exist? The main character is promised that in fact it does and being that he's had more than his fair share of troubles such a place is rather appealing.

Along his journey to Solla Sollew aka Land of Little Troubles the poor main character is lead astray by all kinds of strangers. His troubles double until at last he makes it to the gateway to Solla Sollew where he finds that the one problem it has is too big to surmount so he returns home with
Mar 05, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
Childrens picture book, fiction

This is a Dr. Seuss book that I have never read before so I decided to check it out. It is about a character who is travelling to Solla Sollew but bumps into a lot of trouble and obstacles along his journey. He tries to combat his troubles by thinking about getting to Solla Sollew where they don't have troubles, hardly any at all. Except, when he arrives at the gate of Solla Sollew the guard tells him about the trouble with the lock and that no one can come or go.
Oct 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
One of most favorites books as a child. This book went everywhere with me. Had the whole thing memorized in the second grade and still to this date can do a handful of it by memory. The book was accidently left behind by mom in a move to a different state. When I was 20 yeras old she was able to purchase me another copy along with my daughter and that copy is a bigger treasure to me.

This cute little creature discovers he has problems and doesn't want them. Comes across a fellow who can help him
Jul 08, 2008 booklady rated it really liked it
Recommended to booklady by: Skylar
I never read this Dr. Seuss when my children were little. I'm discovering that we missed quite a few good ones, sadly!

In I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew the first person main character sets off for this mythical place of Solla Sollew where 'they never have troubles, at least very few!' because of all the problems he keeps encountering in his own hometown. It reminded me a bit of the Wizard of Oz theme--the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. But also the journey to
Mar 02, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, rhyming, 2011
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Since our girls' school celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday in a big way this year, I endeavored to find a book of his that we had not yet read. I'm sure there are more out there, but whenever I look, I'm pretty sure that I've read the ones on the shelves. But, in this case, success! I'm not sure if I ever read this as a child, either.

This is a story of an arduous journey to find a place where there are no troubles. But is there ever truly such a place? The rhyming and rh
Oct 06, 2015 Joel rated it it was amazing
I love most of Dr. Seuss' books, but this just might be my favorite. It is longer, so it may be better for a slightly older child. But it is a full-length story told in Dr. Seuss' amazing rhymes that torture the torture the tongue at times, but are quite fun to read. I have even enjoyed reading it as an adult for my own entertainment. If you like Dr. Seuss, this is one definitely not to be missed.
Brady Pullman
Feb 14, 2014 Brady Pullman rated it it was amazing
This is my wife's favourite book. The theme of this book is to not run away from your problems but to face them head on. Another theme found is to learn to be satisfied with what you have, not always wanting or needing bigger and better. This is also a great read if you want to give your students inspiration for writing. You can talk about rhymes and style.
Aug 08, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015
There are lots of little gems in this classic. Trouble will invariably find you and how you deal with it defines you. Searching for greener pastures, or a way to escape your troubles, doesn't always work. With his trademark wit, Seuss includes the kinds of trouble that one may face in life with humorous rhyme and art. Highly recommended.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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