By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Thing 1, to be exact.
But, “I’m a thing, I guess,” Menna said to the children.
They seemed to like him that way. After he schooled the kids on a little Seuss history telling them the author’s real name was Theodor, for example they huddled around Menna’s chair and listened to him read “The Cat In The Hat.”
When the book was done, Menna high-fived Quintas and retreated so the day’s three other readers could take their turns in the hot seat in front of the children.
Quintas said such events celebrating a man who once wrote, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” are the kind that people in her field live for.
“Librarians love Dr. Seuss, parents love Dr. Seuss, kids love Dr. Seuss,” she said. “Kids, they hear the mayor’s coming and they think it’s a big deal. And it is a big deal.”
So did Menna have fun as Thing 1?
“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “These kids are the future. I never got to do this when I was a kid.”