One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (cover art).jpg
Author Dr. Seuss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Random House
Publication date
OCLC 184473
Preceded by Happy Birthday to You!
Followed by Green Eggs and Ham

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children's book by Dr. Seuss. It is a simple rhyming book for beginning readers, with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl named Jay and Kay and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. Interspersed are some rather surreal and unrelated skits, such as a man named Ned whose feet stick out from his bed, and a creature who has a bird in his ear. As of 2001, over 6 million copies of the book had been sold, placing it 13th on a list of "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books" from Publishers Weekly.[1] Based on a 2007 online poll, the United States' National Education Association labor union named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[2]

Selected translations[edit]

  • Visje een visje twee visje visje in de zee (1960s, Dutch, ISBN 9024002958)
  • Devarim muzarim korim ba-sefarim (1980, Hebrew)[3]
  • Yi tiao yu, liang tiao yu, hong de yu, lan de yu (1992, Chinese, ISBN 9573211246)
  • Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul (2006, Spanish, ISBN 1930332831)
  • Eyn fish, tsvey fish, royter fish, bloyer fish (2007, Yiddish, ISBN 9780972693936)
  • Poisson un, poisson deux, poisson rouge, poisson bleu (2011, French, ISBN 9781612430294)

Audio and video versions[edit]

Rik Mayall narrated this story as part of a HarperCollins audiobook that also includes The Lorax, Dr. Seuss's ABC and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.

In popular culture[edit]

Theme park attraction[edit]

One Fish Two Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish
Entrance of the One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ride at Islands of Adventure.
Islands of Adventure
Area Seuss Landing
Soft opening date March 1999
Opening date May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
General statistics
Attraction type Water Ride
Theme One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Vehicle type Fish
Duration 3

The book was the basis of a theme park attraction located at Universal's Islands of Adventure in the Seuss Landing area of the park, called "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish".


  1. ^ Roback, Diane, Jason Britton, and Debbie Hochman Turvey (December 17, 2001). "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. 248 (51). Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ The literal English translation of the Hebrew title is Strange Things Happen in Books.
  4. ^ Valentine, Johnny; Sarecky, Melody (1994). One dad, two dads, brown dad, blue dads. Boston, MA: Alyson Wonderland. ISBN 1555832539. 
  5. ^