The Pocket Book of Boners

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The Pocket Book of Boners
1941 Readers' League of America printing
AuthorDr. Seuss
Cover artistDr. Seuss
CountryUnited States
PublisherThe Viking Press
Publication date
June 23, 1931
Media typePrint (paperback)

The Pocket Book of Boners is a book illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), originally published as four separate books in 1931–32 by The Viking Press. In 1941, Readers' League of America compiled these four books and published the Pocket Book of Boners.[1] It was one of the bestselling paperback books of World War II, with 1.34 million copies in print by 1945.[2] At the time of its writing, the term "boner" was commonly used to mean a silly mistake, without any sexual connotation.

The Pocket Book of Boners contains 22 illustrations of silly mistakes, drawn by Dr. Seuss. The rest of the volume consists of short jokes and humorous observations with most being no more than four lines long, and is notable for its early examples of Dr. Seuss' illustration style.[citation needed]

Boners series[edit]

The first book was released in February 1931. A short positive review in The New York Times described Dr. Seuss's illustrations as "hilarious."[3] The pseudonym "Alexander Abingdon" was used as the author of the series, which was originally released in order as follows.

  • Boners (102 p.)(copyright February 7, 1931) (illustrated by Dr. Seuss)
  • More Boners (copyright April 13, 1931) (illustrated by Dr. Seuss)
  • Still More Boners (copyright August 4, 1931)(illustrated by Virginia Huget)
  • Prize Boners for 1932 (copyright March 4, 1932) (illustrated by Virginia Huget).[4][5]

Many compilations of Boners content were subsequently released, including The Omnibus Boners (1931) and The 2nd Boners Omnibus (1938) (pictures by Galdone).[6]


  1. ^ Hansen, Harry (7 August 1941). Craze for Boners Stages Comeback in Recent Book, The Pittsburgh Press (p. 29)
  2. ^ Davis, Kenneth C. (1984). Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America. Houghton Mifflin. p. 79. ISBN 0-395-35535-4.
  3. ^ (March 1, 1931). Schoolboy Wisdom, The New York Times
  4. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1931, Part 1, 2375 (U.S. Library of Congress)
  5. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1932, Part 1, p. 1207 (U.S. Library of Congress)
  6. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1938-1939, Part 1, p. 519