How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

1957 children's book by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children's story. It was written by Dr. Seuss. It is written in rhymed verse. Dr. Seuss drew the pictures. It was published in 1957 as a book by Random House. It was also published in a magazine called Redbook.[1] The book criticizes the commercialization of Christmas. It also makes fun of those who profit from exploiting the holiday.[2] An animated television program of the story was made in 1966. Boris Karloff narrated the How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special). The character then appeared in the television specials Halloween is Grinch Night and The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat. He also was a recurring villain in The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, an educational show for kids, and had a small part in the Broadway play Seussical. In 2000 a movie was made based on the book. Jim Carrey played the Grinch. And in 2018, another movie based on the book was made, which was The Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Grinch in that one.

Dr. Seuss draws a picture of the Grinch in 1957

The Grinch is a nasty creature who lives high on a mountain with his dog Max. He hates the happy people of Whoville and their Christmas celebrations and goes to Whoville to steal all the presents, decorations, and food. He doesn't think Christmas will come because he has been so mean, but Christmas comes all the same. He realizes that Christmas is more than just presents and decorations. His heart grows three sizes larger. He reforms and returns all the presents and trimmings. The people of Whoville welcome him.


  1. Zielinski, Stan (2006-06-20). "Collecting Childrens Picturebooks: Dr. Seuss - Redbook Magazine Original Stories". Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  2. Nel, Philip. Dr Seuss. 2005.