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I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,673 ratings  ·  124 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
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
Skylar Burris
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
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...more
Lisa the Librarian
Jan 07, 2010 Lisa the Librarian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Stephen Gallup
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Michelle McBeth
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...more
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.
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...more
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....more
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...more
Jul 08, 2008 booklady rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Mar 02, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens, rhyming
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...more
Brady Pullman
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.
Catherine Robertson
Possible a lesser known Seuss, but my favourite. The narrator, who has too many troubles in his home (the Valley of Vung), has a LOT more trouble getting to Solla Sollew (where they never have troubles, at least very few). He meets the Perilous Poozers of Pompelmoose Pass, and survives the midwinter jicker, and finally makes it to Solla Sollew only to find he cannot get in (key slapping slippard). He is invited to got to Boola Boo Ball (where they never have troubles, no troubles at all), but de...more
I love the environments in this story! Lovely weird trees and mountains and dwellings. While I get the point of not letting problems get you down, I don't really love the image of tackling them with a big bat.
A wonderful allegory of how life is often filled with troubles that come from ahead, behind, above and below; no matter how far we travel along rocky paths dodging incidental and circumstantial obstacles to find some mythical trouble-free nirvana, life is not about finding that ultimate happiness but about having the strength to face up to our troubles at their source. Brilliant!
This is the first account narration of a bad trip to find a place where there are no troubles at all. In going through this voyage the main character realizes many things. He grows strong and matures. The illustrations in this book are just as important as the rhymes and lessons in the text.
The pen and ink drawings help you visualize this nightmarish trip. The colors are wild. With a few strokes of his pen Dr. Seuss creates expressive emotions of boredom, fear, happiness, indifference. The words...more
Clever and poignant, though it plays like a shaggy dog joke until it actually hits the point.
Ursula Dubosarsky
My favourite as a child, and still is. Know it off by heart.
I love Dr Seuss, and this is my favorite. Our hero is trying to get to Solla Sollew, "where they never have troubles, at least very few."

In one heart-rending moment, he arrives at a bus stop, to find this:

"Notice to passengers using our line:

We are sorry to say that our driver, Butch Meyers,

Ran over four nails and has punctured all tires.

So, until further notice, the 4:42

Cannot possibly take you to Solla Sollew...

But I wish you a most pleasant journey by feet.


Bus Line President, Horace
One of my top ten favorites.
Laura Segala
This is my favorite Dr. Seuss book and favorite read-aloud children's book of all time. Not only is it laugh-out-loud funny, but the message about facing your troubles instead of running away from them is spot-on. I can see why it is not on school bookshelves, though, as the moral of the story could be seen as pro-violence. I worry that it will go out of print since it is not as popular as other Dr. Seuss titles, so I have 3 copies tucked away, just to ensure I will be able to read it to my futu...more
I picked this up for miles because I remembered it as a fave from my own childhood. Well, I was not disappointed. And, frankly, I think it's my favorite Seuss book of them all. It's not the lesson--that you have to face your problems. No, there is something about these illustration combined with the rhyming and simple yet silly story that I love. The little guy tries to run away from his problems, but in doing so faces even more troubles and decides to head back and take on his troubles... With...more
You can keep your Cat in the Hat and your Horton and Sam-I-Am. This is the best Seuss book ever. Hands down.
This book is what life is all about. The city of Solla Sollew (the city where they never have troubles, at least very few!) simply doesn't exist. Everyone has troubles and you can't escape them, but life can still be enjoyable. I sure felt bad for the little guy as he desperately tries to find the place. I was impressed with how he decided how to face his troubles in the end. But I won't spoil it for you.
Joanna Sundby
Life is what we make of it, and paradise is an unattainable myth, says Dr Seuss, unequivocally in this gem. From any other author that existential truth would seem jaded, even embittered. Certainly no one would think of reading the message to children. But Dr Suess' genius illustrations and wildly imaginative verse puts the whole concept into a youngsters grasp in a hopeful way. You go, Dr Suess!!!!!
This is my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss. Surprisingly, not too many people are all that familiar with it. It is a wonderful parable about how to handle life's problems. I still think of it often when I am stuck in a hairy situation or am having to deal with someone who is difficult. There are some really great little nuggets of wisdom. Plus, hey it's Dr. Seuss...and it's really fun to read!
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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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