This book was the adult picture book The Seven Lady Godivas. The book bombed so badly that the author admitted, “I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.”
Indeed, older audiences didn’t take to Theodor Giesel’s naturist fable — of an initial print run of 10,000 books, only 2,500 copies of Godivas sold. This spurning turned the author off from catering to the grown-up set.
From Seuss’ 1989 obituary in The New York Times: