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I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! Hardcover – October 12, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.
Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
Top Customer Reviews
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! is comic relief for those moments.
Let me explain. The book begins with this refrain by a small boy with a dog lying under his bed.
"Please let me be,
Please go away,
I am not going to get up today!"
In the course of the story, the boy resists the alarm, peeping birds, other kids getting up, his mother bringing in an egg for breakfast, noise of siblings, tickling his feet, shaking his bed, pouring cold water on his head, talking by the neighbors, noise by neighbors, sweets, dogs, roosters, goats, geese, the police, publicity in the newspaper, the Marines, and a television crew.
He still wants to "lie here woozy-snoozing."
In the end, his mother brings in a policeman and says:
"I guess he really means it.
So you can have the egg."
Have you ever been that tired? I hope not.
The book is designed to get lots of great laughs from your child and sympathetic smiles from you as you read the book together.
How can it help in the morning? You can do a play based on the book. You can walk in grandly with an egg cup on a tray, and ask whether you should give the egg to the policeman. You can get a tape of a marching band to play. In any event, your fun with this story will turn snoozy mornings into laugh-filled events. And laughter is an excellent antidote to lethargy.
I also suggest that you ask your child what the mother should have done. This will be all the clue you need to find out how your child would most like to be awakened.
Time to rise and shine!
The story is relatively simple; a young boy is tired and he wants to take the day off and lounge in bed. He is rather obstinate; even his mother and a cop can't get him out of bed! Along the way, the young child learns a lot about the English language and reading--and that's great.
Children are introduced to names of places including Paris, Massachusetts, Berlin, Alaska, China, Spain and more! This can easily generate a conversation with your child about what foreign (or distant) places are like; and the child can get a good basic understanding that the world is really a very large place with many different cultures.
This book also teaches children the sounds that some things make. For example, the book, usually through the use of text that rhymes, mentions how birds "peep;" how an alarm clock "rings;" how a bed can be "warm" and how a pillow can be "deep." Great!
I suppose that for some very active children the idea of a child taking a rest in bed could show them an example of the importance of learning to rest.
Overall, I Am Not Going To Get Up Today is another fine children's book by the great Dr. Seuss; and I recommend this book heartily for parents to read with their very young children. The book is an excellent educational tool that helps children learn to read and understand words, places and other concepts like "warm" and "deep."
Great job, Dr. Seuss!
A fun book to read again and again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny book about not wanting to get out of bed. Shipping was fast.Published 25 days ago by ROBIN WAWAK
High quality, brand new book with no blemishes. This is not one of the larger sized Seuss books, FYI.Published 1 month ago by Fred Garvin
My son is a HUGE Dr Seuss fan! I love being able to find a variety of them on Amazon and this one....I am NOT going to get up today.....is a perfect addition! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deidre Popielarski
It's really a fun book to read. The illustrations aren't by Seuss so I'm assuming this is probably one he'd never intended to publish. But it's out there now. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bodhi