Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are cover.jpg
Hardcover cover
AuthorDr. Seuss
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherRedbook (magazine)
Random House (book)
Publication date
February 1956 (Redbook)
September 12, 1973 (renewed 2001)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byMarvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 
Followed byThe Shape of Me and Other Stuff 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and published by Random House on September 12, 1973.


The text consists of a series of descriptive poems, fictively told to an unnamed auditor by a wise old man, in which the latter depicts a variety of whimsically-unfortunate characters, or situations wherein any character might be so, in comparison with whom the auditor might consider itself exceptionally fortunate.

List of bad situations the readers could be in or unlucky people they could be[edit]

  • Working on the Bungle-Bung Bridge and trying to complete its impossibly rickety structure
  • Getting caught in a traffic jam in Ga-Zayt
  • Living in Ga-Zair with one's bedroom and bathroom being in separate, faraway buildings
  • Herbie Hart, who has disassembled a machine called a "Throm-dim-bu-lator" and cannot remember how to reassemble it
  • Ali Sard, who is dirt-poor because of having to mow grass that grows faster than he can mow it, and his stingy uncle, the owner of the property, pays him so little that he has to moonlight by painting flagpoles
  • Mr. Bix, an old man who wakes up every morning at 6:00 a.m. to find that a machine he owns, a Borfin, has slumped over, and spends all day fixing it, only for it to slump again the next day.
  • The Crumple-horn, green-bearded, web-footed Schlottz, whose tail is tangled in impossible knots
  • Riding a camel with a saddle known as a "wamel" that could mean certain death for the rider if the button holding it together comes loose
  • Mr. Potter, a man who has to dot and cross seemingly endless spools of i's and t's
  • A person from Hawtch-Hawtch, all of whom have to supervise each other and also a somewhat lazy bee
  • Professor de Breeze, a man who, for 32 years, has had no success in trying to teach Irish ducks how to read a dead language called Jivvanese
  • The Poogle-Horn Players, who break their horns every morning to wake up a prince
  • A boy named Harry Haddow, who, for some reason, is unable to cast a shadow
  • The Brothers Bazoo, each of whom whose hair is the other's beard, and vice-versa
  • A forest in France where the trees there seem to feast on people's pants
  • A particular radish in the garden of Farmer Falkenberg that is seemingly about to be eaten by a worm
  • Guckie Gown, a boy who lives in a ramshackle place named the Ruins of Ronk
  • A left sock left behind in the seemingly unnavigable Kaverns of Krock
  • A forgotten coat hanger left hanging all alone in the middle of nowhere