The Pocket Book of Boners

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The Pocket Book of Boners
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1941 Readers' League of America printing
Author Dr. Seuss
Cover artist Dr. Seuss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Humor
Publisher The Viking Press
Publication date
1931
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 120

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]

The Pocket Book of Boners contains 22 illustrations of boners 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 as well as two stereotyped portrayals of minorities.[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."[2] 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 31, 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).[3][4]

Many compilations of Boners content were subsequently released, including The Omnibus Boners (1931), The 2nd Boners Omnibus (1938) (pictures by Galdone).,[5] Bigger & Better Boners (1952)(Illustrated by George Maas).

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