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I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,776 ratings  ·  237 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. ...more
Hardcover, 59 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Collins (first published 1965)
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The narrator of the story and lead character is a small furry bear like creature, who leads a happy go lucky existence in the Valley of Vung.
This all changes when he is attacked by a host of rather nasty creatures - a very fresh Green Headed Quiligan Quail, a Skritz and a Skrink.
Naturally when a chap on a one-wheel wubble offers him a trip to the promised utopia of Solla Sollew 'where they have no troubles, at least very few.', he grabs the opportunity!
Unfortunately the journey to Solla Sollew i
Jacob Bailis
Feb 15, 2008 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 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
Jun 26, 2008 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
Jul 22, 2009 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 avoid troubles, they somehow find their way into everyone's lives. This lesson is shown in a lighthearted way that makes for some funny rhymes that I enjoyed.
Sophie Crane
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
It is a very nice book, not only for children but for adults too. Very practical in life. Guide to how to deal with obstacles in a creative way.
M The Confused Flamingo
This is quite marvelous.

You think Dr Seuss is writing some cute rhymes for children's books? think again cause you might find some valuable life lessons and age-old wisdom in his fantastically entertaining work.

Leland T-Money Fortier
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
WTF was this book about?
Stephen Gallup
Sep 06, 2012 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 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
Mar 01, 2016 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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my most favorite Dr. Seuss books!
Hannah McManus
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was a good way to ring out the old year.
Lisa the Librarian
Mar 05, 2009 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
Jul 05, 2008 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
Apr 12, 2010 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
Dec 12, 2013 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. ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Seuss just makes it fun for reading. brilliant illustration n narration.
Sarah N
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
(4 1/2 STARS)
Seuss is spectacular.
Courtney Kleefeld
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really fun picture book.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, children-s
I read this mainly because of one of my favourite Dr. Seuss quotes: "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"

Though the quote isn't a direct copy from this book, it is where it originally came from.

The book itself is rather enjoyable if not a bit "dreary" compared to many of his other books. It's basically about a youth who is tryin
Todd Cheng
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all have goals and journeys. They are a struggle. Each is hard and few really appreciate the hardships of others journey to include our own. Loved this reminder to appreciate what we do have and the struggles to get where ever we area going. The utopia is the path and overcoming each struggle.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The perfect metaphor for life and mental health.
Kathy Davie
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A warning tale about life in picture book form. It's almost Dorothy-like in its ending…

My Take
Watch where you're walkin'!
It's a hazardous journey through life with problems popping and flitting, darting and biting, raining and flooding — without toothpaste or soap! And, poor Cat. His journey is so much longer than he expected…and isn't that the way for all of us.

It's a series of troubles that gets deeper and deeper, from a camel needing a ride, to the nastier part of that particular lesson and r
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
While taking a stroll through the valley vung, the young protagonist seeks to escape his perceived troubles and decides to leave his valley for the peaceful village of Solla Sollew, but his journey is more trouble than it's worth, and once he arrives he finds that life, although not without its quirks, was much more peaceful in his valley vung. ...more
Sep 20, 2014 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.
Oct 30, 2014 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
Laura (Book Scrounger)
It's hard to pick a favorite Seuss book, but if I had to, I think this would probably be it. I read it as a kid, and again as an adult, and I still love it. It's hard to find though... I don't know that I've ever seen it in a store. It's about a... (guy? person?) Seuss-esque character, who is faced with all kinds of creatures constantly trying to attack him. So he sets off for a city in which he is told there are no troubles at all.

On the surface, it's a crazy adventure in which this character
Aug 01, 2012 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
Mar 05, 2013 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.
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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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“And I learned that are troubles
Of more than one kind
Some come from ahead
And some come from behind.”
“Now, I never had ever had
Troubles before,
So I said to myself,
"I don't want anymore.”
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