Friday, February 16, 2007

Dr. Seuss Writes Romance From the Grave!

Lisa Logan, a friend of mine, is having a literary identity crisis! Somehow Barnes and Noble has decided she is Dr. Seuss.

Author Mix-up Has Dr. Seuss Writing Romance

Redlands, CA February 4, 2007--Fans of Theodore Seuss Geisel, i.e. Dr. Seuss, may be in for a surprise when they learn that the renowned children's writer has changed genres... more than a decade after his death.

Author Lisa Logan had just celebrated the release of her debut novel, Visions, on January 30 when she received a complaint from a Borders in Illinois. They could not find the romantic mystery to order it into their store. In checking other bookseller listings, she discovered an error on Barnes&Noble's web site.

According to B&N, the romantic mystery was authored and illustrated by Seuss in November of 2005. The author/illustrator of forty-eight children's books, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs & Ham, died of cancer in 1991. Logan's cover and title were featured in the listing, which had appeared correctly the day before.

Logan took the mix up in stride. She quipped, "I'm as big a fan of Dr. Seuss as any, but I can't sit by and let the guy take credit for my work. That is, unless they want to send me his royalty checks."

The Redlands, CA author sought help from the publisher of her novel, Draumr Publishing, who is currently working with the distributor to correct the listing. No comment from Barnes&Noble on the error.

For more information, contact Lisa Logan at or via her website at


Addendum: Barnes and Noble has since fixed the error: Now her book is only illustrated by Dr. Seuss!

Somehow, I don't think it's his usual style....

As long as Dr. Seuss is crossing genres, I'd like to suggest some titles:

Horror: Would You, Could You From the Grave?
Mystery: Horton Hears a Homicide
Sci-Fi: And to Think I Saw It on Planet X
Christian: 500 Fishes of Bartholomew Cubbins
True Confession: Did I Ever Tell You How Dysfunctional I Am?
Literary: Did I Ever Tell You How Dysfunctional I Am?: A Novel
Self-Help: You Can Lick 30 Tigers Today With This Simple, Five-Step Process OR Mr. Brown Can Moo, and So Can You In 12 Easy Lessons
Diet: 13 Ways to Serve Green Eggs and Ham
Autobiographical: The Book About me (Didn't even need to change that title)
Erotica: Seven Lady Godivas...and One Peeping Tom

I could go on, but it's your turn!


Nancy the Romancechick said...

Fashion: A Cat in A Hat??
Authobiographical: If I Ran the World

Jill said...

What a hoot! Love your alternate titles. How about:

Medical: Thorax (actually, there is a medical journal by that name)
Bird-lovers: How the Finch Stole Christmas

cyn said...

Wow! Now that's a keeper! I hope Lisa prints out the B&N page -- otherwise it may be hard to convince someone that it actually occurred!

BTW, love your titles!


matushkadonna said...

very about Epic fantasy...Sword of Oobleck...

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

Now this is way too funny. Well, Lisa has a plug for her book and free advertisement, at least. :)

Romance: How the Grinch stole Mrs. Tree's Heart

chrisd said...

I want to know which Borders in IL! LOL

Karina Fabian said...

Love them! My husband just suggested for Physics: One Quark, Two Quark, Red Quark, Blue Quark.

Lisa Logan said...

Those alternate titles are too funny!

I actually did take a screen shot of the B&N error. It's on my own blogs at or As of Monday they did finally fix the problem. Only took three weeks of niggling by my publisher and distributor. ::sigh::