Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

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Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
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Author Dr. Seuss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Random House
Publication date
August 12, 1972
Media type Print (Hardcover and paperback)
ISBN 0-394-82490-3
OCLC 314222
Dewey Decimal [E]
LC Class PZ8.3.G276 Mar
Preceded by The Lorax
Followed by Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (ISBN 0-394-82490-3) is a 1972 children's book by Dr. Seuss. Written as a book for early beginning readers, it is suitable for children who can not yet read at the level of more advanced beginning books such as The Cat in the Hat. The book presents, in short and funny fashion, Dr. Seuss's nonsensical words, rhymes, and illustrations. In the book, Marvin K. Mooney—ostensibly a young child whose bedtime has come—is asked to "go" in many ways.

In political culture[edit]

In a July 1974 collaboration with political humorist Art Buchwald, Dr. Seuss took a two-year-old copy of his book, crossed out "Marvin K. Mooney" wherever it occurred and wrote in "Richard M. Nixon". With Dr. Seuss's consent, Buchwald and his editors reprinted the markup as a newspaper column, published July 30, 1974.[1] Beset by Watergate, U.S. President Nixon resigned ten days later on August 9.

In Maureen Dowd's column for The New York Times, "Wilting over Waffles", dated April 23, 2008, she suggests that Democrats in the 2008 presidential election might take a cue from this book in their approach to Hillary Clinton's prolonged campaign against Barack Obama, asking her to "just go. I don't care how".

Even more recently, MEP Daniel Hannan quoted the book in reference to Gordon Brown after the 2009 EU elections.[2]

During the protests that led to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, various parody versions of the book appeared on the Internet as "Hosni Mubarak Will You Please Go Now".[3]

Adaptations[edit]

A mobile app version of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! was developed by Oceanhouse Media in 2012.

Other works[edit]

Some of Dr. Seuss's other work contained narrative close to that of other political situations of the time. For instance, The Butter Battle Book is an allegory for the Cold War.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchwald, Art (July 30, 1974). "Richard M. Nixon Will You Please Go Now!". The Washington Post. p. B01. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Hannan's poetic call for Brown to go". BBC News. June 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Hosni Mubarak will you please go now!". Daily Kos. Retrieved 3 August 2013.