Published: 1960
Author: Theodor Geisel
Illustrator: Theodor Geisel
Characters: Sam I Am
Secondary characters: cat, dog, fox, mouse, engineer, passengers, goat, sailor
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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.


  • This book features a self-centered fellow and a persistent, unannoying counterpart to him as a theme which would be continued in Fox in Socks, and It might be Knox.
  • Dr. Seuss's Publisher, Bennett Cerf, wagered that Seuss could not make a book in under fifty words. The result became this book.
  • 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 Joey.
  • 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.
  • In four Cartoon Network shows, Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken and Codename: Kids Next Door, they all four have Green Eggs and Ham references.
  • In Horton Hears a Who, The McDodd family is shown eating green eggs and ham for breakfast.
  • Oceanhouse Media published this book to be used as an app on iPhones, Ipod touch, Ipad, and android apps.
  • The fox might be fox in socks.

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".

First Appearances

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 2008th 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.
  • 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.


You can watch Green Eggs and Ham here: Read book in pdf.


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