Tuesday, June 19, 2012

FINALLY -- A Book Review

Sorry, folks.  Took me a while to get back to the library.  Had to re-start my reading frenzy with some great kids' books.  ;)

I discovered that there were some Dr. Seuss stories I had NOT read (gasp!  The horror!) so I grabbed a few of those as well as the classics:

Daisy-Head Mayzie -- the story of a girl who grows a daisy out of her head.  This was an unfinished story and it shows.  It doesn't have the polished touch of Seussian moral and word play so it wasn't as fun to read.  It ended rather abruptly and I'm not sure what he was going for -- but it was published posthumously so of course I don't blame him for it.

The Lorax -- I absolutely adore the movie and loved the book as a child.  I re-read it yesterday and it is much darker than I remember.  The movie gives us some hope that the world will recover, while the book leaves it up to you to make the difference.  Even the colors are darker.  I really appreciate the film building a back story for The Once-ler (based on a few sentences about his family) and that they included a lot of Seussian words (schloppety-schlopp, biggering and butterfly milk to name a few) in the songs and took care to keep the theme of the story.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins -- maybe my favorite Seuss book (and I really don't know why!).  I really can't understand my fascination with it (maybe it's why I love hats?!) because it's very different from other Dr. Seuss books in that it is a story without a strong moral.  It's a rags-to-riches story with a haughty king, unbearable nephew and a poor man who just wants to sell his cranberries but his hats almost take him to his death.  Very strange.  But amazing.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories -- these were published in magazines and collected after Theodor Geisel's death.  They are polished short versions of his longer, thematic pieces.  Loved this book!

Next up: books on crochet and dollhouses.  And I did pick up some fiction reading so those will be devoured this week and next and regurgitated for you here.  Aw...I'm like a mother penguin.  How...icky.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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