The amazing stories are full of typical Seuss humour, rhyme and rhythm and are all beautifully illustrated. They include ′The Bippolo Seed,′ in which a scheming cat leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision; ′The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga,′ about a rabbit who is saved from a bear via a single eyelash; ′Gustav the Goldfish,′ about a fish that grew and grew; ′Tadd and Todd,′ a tale about twins; ′Steak for Supper,′ about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner; ′The Strange Shirt Spot,′ about a spot of dirt that gets everywhere; and ′The Great Henry McBride,′ about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies were bested only by those of Dr. Seuss himself.
The perfect book for any Seuss fan, young or old!
About the Author
Theodor Seuss Geisel - better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss - was born the son of a park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England, he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents to writing children′s books, and his first book - And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street - was published in 1937. His greatest claim to fame was The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books known as Beginner Books.
Yes, the Dr Suess, and yes, these are authentic stories that have only recently been discovered.
Every child's favourite author is back with a collection of original, funny stories written from the 40s and 50s. The publication of this book is a major sensation.
Seven rhymed tales, dug from hard to find places! Look for millions of Seuss fans with bright shiny faces!
As Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen notes in his buoyant introduction, the stories—all published in magazines in the early 1950s, but never elsewhere except, for some, in audio editions—catch Ted Geisel at the time he gave over writing in prose, inspired by new insight into the capacity of children to absorb and enjoy words and word sounds. His command of language and cadence is sure, while the pedantry that sometimes weighed down his later work is also visible but only lightly applied: Extreme greed leads to the loss of a wish-granting seed in the title story, for instance, and an overfed "Gustav, the Goldfish" outgrows every container. (The latter story is an early version of an unrhymed tale published by Seuss' first wife, Helen Palmer, as A Fish Out Of Water.) In other premises that saw service elsewhere, "The Great Henry McBride" ambitiously daydreams of future careers, and a "Strange Shirt Spot" keeps moving from place to place despite a frantic lad's efforts to remove it. The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and despite occasional signs of age—"Oranges! Apples! And all kinds of fruits! / And nine billion Hopalong Cassidy suits!"—the writing is as fresh, silly and exhilarating as it must have been when first seen.
The good Doctor may be dead these 20 years, but he's still good for splendid surprises. (Picture book. 6-9)
This volume collects seven joyous Seuss stories that were published in Redbook in 1950 and 1951 but had never appeared in book form. In an insightful introduction, Seussian scholar Charles D. Cohen notes that Seuss wrote these tales at a transitional point in his career, when he grasped the importance of using the sounds of words to hook children on reading. The stories’ rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse’s rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss’s better-known works. In the title story, a duck and a cat’s greed spins out of control as they imagine everything that they’ll wish for from a magical seed. In “Steak for Supper,” an outlandish menagerie follows a boy home to dine: “A Nupper for supper! A Gritch! And a Grickle!/ And also an Ikka! Oh, boy! What a pickle!” These creatures and others are portrayed with Seuss’s trademark exaggeration and whimsy. The limitations of the source material are occasionally apparent—the longer stories overcrowd certain pages with text, the artwork sometimes feeling stretched to fit the format. Regardless, fans old and young will deem these “lost” stories a tremendous find. Ages 6 9. (Sept.)
"Still box fresh." - The Daily Telegraph "A boon to lovers of Seuss' rhyming rollicks." "A real treat for fans... Timeless fun and frolics." - The Herald "A true treasure trove for Dr Seuss fans of all ages" - South Wales Argus "These all have the good dotor's usual vim and brio." - The Spectator "...children of all ages will enjoy reading these humorous stories." - Aldershot News and Mail
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st October 2011
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 20.9 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.479