Only 50 words are used in Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. The use of only 50 words was due to a bet that Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss' editor and co-founder of Random House, made in 1960 with the author that Dr. Seuss couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. The bet was for $50 (the equivalent of $382 as of 2011). Dr. Seuss succeeded, and Green Eggs and Ham became one of his best-selling books. In a poll done by the School Library Journal in 2012, Green Eggs and Ham placed as one of the "Top 100 Picture Books".
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