The Pocket Book of Boners
1941 Readers' League of America printing
|Cover artist||Dr. Seuss|
|Publisher||The Viking Press|
|Media type||Print (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.
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.
The first book was released in February 1931. A short positive review in The New York Times described Dr. Seuss's illustrations as "hilarious." 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).
Many compilations of Boners content were subsequently released, including The Omnibus Boners (1931), The 2nd Boners Omnibus (1938) (pictures by Galdone)., Bigger & Better Boners (1952)(Illustrated by George Maas).
- Hansen, Harry (7 August 1941). Craze for Boners Stages Comeback in Recent Book, The Pittsburgh Press (p. 29)
- (March 1, 1931). Schoolboy Wisdom, The New York Times
- Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1931, Part 1, 2375 (U.S. Library of Congress)
- Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1932, Part 1, p. 1207 (U.S. Library of Congress)
- Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1938-1939, Part 1, p. 519
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