|Characters:|| Sam I Am|
Secondary Characters: cat, dog, fox, mouse, engineer, passengers, goat, sailor
Green Eggs and Ham is a book by Dr. Seuss. It was first published in 1960 and as of 2001 was the fourth-best-selling English language children's book of all time. Sam I Am wants Guy Am I to taste some green eggs and ham. He refuses many, many times, until finally, trapped with no other alternative, he tries a bite, and realizes he does, in fact, like the aforementioned dish.
Sam-I-Am tries to beg his friend Guy-Am-I to try a dish of Green Eggs & Ham. Guy-Am-I tells him he doesn’t like the food at all by saying, "I do not like Green Eggs and Ham! I do not like them Sam-I-Am!" The story focuses on Sam-I-Am attempting to get Guy-Am-I to try the dish in or on various different locations (house, box, car, tree, train, dark, rain, and boat) and with various animals (mouse, fox and goat) to which the character repeats over and over again that, regardless to the circumstances, "I do not like them here (this place) or there (the other place). I do not like them anywhere." Finally, he vainly samples the dish just to get Sam to "let him be" and finds that he actually likes the dish after-all and announces that he would eat them in all of the places and with all of the animals mentioned. The story ends with Guy and Sam becoming friends.
- This book features a self-centered fellow and a persistent, happy-go-lucky counterpart to him as a theme which would be continued in Fox in Socks, and It might be Knox.
- The origin of Green Eggs and Ham stems from a bet Seuss had with his publisher, Bennett Cerf. Seuss’s previous book The Cat in the Hat, used only 223 words based off a list of 348 required words for beginner readers to learn. Cerf bet Seuss that he couldn’t write a book with on 50 words from the aforementioned list.
- This book was made into an animated TV special in 1973 in the TV film Dr. Seuss on the Loose with Paul Winchell as both Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I.
- This book was featured in a film titled I Am Sam (2001), directed by Jessie Nelson, and starred by Sean Penn, Michelle Pfieffer, and Dakota Fanning. The character Sam loves reading this book.
- Four Cartoon Network shows, Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken and Codename: Kids Next Door, have references to Green Eggs and Ham references.
- In Horton Hears a Who, The McDodd family is shown eating green eggs and ham for breakfast.
- Oceanhouse Media publishs the book to be uses as an app on iPhones, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android Apps.
- The fox might be fox in socks.
- The book now has a Netflix series.Learn more here.
Beginner Book Video
This Book was also used in the Random House Home Video Series which is entitled "Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Video", featuring "Ten Apples Up on Top!" and "The Tooth Book".
Goofs, Errors, and Corrections
In the train scene it is shown the train has multiple coaches and a coal tender and two other passengers were missing.
- In a 2008 cartoon called "Martha Speaks", in the episode "Ice Scream" the girl read a book called "Blue Mangoes", which is very similar to Green Eggs and Ham and is rhymed.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Just One Bite" parodies the plot of this book, although the ending is different.
- The episode of VeggieTales feature stories that parody Dr. Seuss: "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" from "Are You My Neighbor?" and the title story of the episode, "A Snoodle's Tale". At the end of the latter, Larry says that something about the story makes him want to eat green ham...and eggs.
- The Johnny Bravo episode "Cookie Crisis" parodies this book.