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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Classic Seuss
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375864350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure! Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen has hunted down seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga " (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash!); "Gustav the Goldfish" (an early, rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water); "Tadd and Todd" (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins); "Steak for Supper" (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner); "The Bippolo Seed" (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision); "The Strange Shirt Spot" (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back); and "The Great Henry McBride" (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).

In an introduction to the collection, Cohen traces the history of these stories, which demonstrate an intentional and significant change that led to the writing style we associate with Dr. Seuss today. Cohen also explores these stories' themes that recur in better-known Seuss stories (like the importance of the imagination, or the perils of greed). With a color palette that has been enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines in which they appeared, this is a collection of stories that no Seuss fan (whether scholar or second-grader) will want to miss!

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Gustav, the Goldfish The Great Henry McBride

Review

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 08/22/2011:
* "This volume collects seven
joyous Seuss stories that...had never appeared in book form.  The stories' rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse's rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss's better-known works...  Fans old and young will deem these "lost" stories a tremendous find."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, 09/01/2011:
* "Look for millions of Seuss fans with bright shiny faces!  The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and...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."

Los Angeles Times, 9/21/2011, Nick Owchar
"...perfect combinations of pictures and stories that will appeal to young readers as well as their parents..."

New York Times Sunday Book Review, 9/16/2011, Pamela Paul
"...features the kinds of nonsense that blend right in with the Stinky Cheese Man and SpongeBob SquarePants."

Kiwi magazine, 9/18/2011
"There is simply never enough Dr. Seuss... .the master himself...lives on through his wonderful words of wisdom, delivered in delicious rhymes and creative characters."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 19, 2011:
"The stories' rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse's rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss's better-known works...[F]ans old and young will deem these 'lost' stories a tremendous find."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011:
"The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and...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."

 ChildrensBooksGuide.com, 2011's Best Children's Books
"…Everything you’d expect from this master… Chock full of rhyming, goofy characters and whimsical illustrations."

San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2011 
"...A treasure trove from one of the greats of children's literature...an unexpected treat...  The collection sings with Geisel's trademark rhyme, rhythm, wordplay and serious silly streak.  A must-have addition to your Seuss collection."

BoingBoing.net, October 27, 2011
"...A new Seuss collection is reason to celebrate...and Bippolo Seed is more than a curiosity or a completist's collection of offcuts -- much of the material in this book stands with Seuss's best-loved work.  The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit and irreverence…"

The Atlantic, September 27, 2011
"...A fantastic new collection...More than just a literary gem, which it certainly is…"

The Baltimore Examiner, September 28, 2011
"Truly a great piece of treasure for your family's library!"

USA Today, October 5, 2011
"Did you know a bunch of 'lost' Dr. Seuss stories were unearthed recently?...As one would expect with Seuss, they're incredibly clever."

Wired.com, September 28, 2011
"The stories are pure Seuss — you cannot mistake the artwork or the made up words...my son...enjoyed them for what they are— little stories that teach some sort of lesson."

The Mac Observer, October 18, 2011
"If you or someone you know, whether large or small, is a Seuss fan, go get a copy of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories...it’s excellent stuff."

Cracking the Cover (blog), October 13, 2011
"Books by Dr. Seuss are classic...passed on from generation to generation… When he died in 1991…no one expected to see new work from him again… Each of these tales is a rhythmical delight with the tongue-twisting text we’ve come to expect from Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are wacky, playful and colorful...and each of these tales is sure to spark imagination."

Readings.com, September 26, 2011
"...Clever, witty and engaging, with pitch-perfect rhyming couplets and his distinctive illustrations…they will provide...readers with the sheer delight of enjoying more Seuss-isms."

Apptudes.com, October 5, 2011
"Little imaginations will be delighted with more nonsensical Seussish characters to love and entertaining stories with which to sharpen their reading skills…Each story is chock full of Dr Seuss genius and inventive use of words…"

Giggleapps.com, October 17, 2011
"A wonderful anthology of stories…, each full of the wondrous Dr. Seuss style of imaginative...characters, beautifully odd illustrations, and fantastical rhyming prose… They are important works of early Dr. Seuss."

BestAppsforKids.com, October 19, 2011
"Fans of Dr. Seuss will especially love this addition to the collection...and [it] will surely become a bedtime favorite…Dr. Seuss is always great and these "lost stories" are bound to delight."

Digital-Storytime.com, September 27, 2011
"…A wonderful collection of seven stories… They are exceptional and will enchant both young readers and older ones alike… the illustrations are also exceptional, capturing the familiar whimsy of Seuss…"

Excelsiorfile, October 11, 2011
"A collection of tales featuring…that cadence…that is as distinctly Seuss as iambic pantamenter is to Shakespeare.  To read the book…it is almost impossible to not begin by reading aloud…and to do so…reveals some interesting information about…the development of that cadence we know by heart and memory...  And for those older Seuss fans its an even better reminder of what can and should be expected in terms of books for young readers."

Hooray for Books! Indepedent Bookstore, October 14, 2011
"Fans of Seuss will know to expect outlandish creatures, exuberant rhyme, funny adventures, and even a little food for thought. You’ll find all that and more in 'Bippolo Seed.'  This book is a fantastic find for Seuss fans of all ages...!"

Barnes and Noble, September 2011
"Children, their parents, and their grandparents will all treasure this singular batch of rarely seen…stories…these tales exude the sprightliness that we have all come to associate with the…master."

Lunch.com, September 30, 2011
"I tip my hat to Dr. Cohen for his love of Dr. Seuss' vision and the work that went into tracking down these tales. If not for him, future generations might never have been able to experience this amazing collection."

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Customer Reviews

I think it is a great children's book, but I enjoyed reading it also.
Lurana Stancil
My 6 year old grand son picked up the book and immediately started reading it.
Guineamom
This has now become one of my favorite Dr. Seuss collection of story books.
Rodney Reese

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2011
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Seven stories in a single book for the price of a single story book. Previously unpublished in book form. Previously published in magazines, and magazine in size, the stories beyond beginner level.

I loved 'The Strange Shirt Spot,' which reminded me of my own childhood misadventures. 'The Great Henry Mc Bride,' reminded me of the childlike sense of what I would do when I grew up. I never did go into space, although some might argue that point. The Rabbit, The Bear and the Zinniga Zanniga is just the type of story a child loves to read or listen to, about a clever rabbit who uses an eyelash when faced with a bear.

The Bippolo seed tells of a young duck named McKluck, who had a wonderful piece of good luck. We have the twins Tadd and Todd, and the adventure of Gustav the Goldfish, and Steak for Supper, wisdom for a kid. Previously I have bought the Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)collection as a gift to pass on, five stories in separate books in a boxed set, which I mention here because it's incredible value compared to buying those books separately.

If you're like me I think you will love these books, whether it's five stories in separate books boxed, or seven lost adventure stories in a single book for the price of a single story book. I think it's well worth it for how much you can get, and for how little you have to pay to get it.

I know you will enjoy these wonderful stories, and I hope this review was helpful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annette Oswald O'Donnell, Director Joice Library on October 28, 2011
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I read this book to 2 usually wiggly seven-year-old females at story time and our usual time is a 30 minute stretch. At the end of 30 minutes I asked if they were ready for snack and they said "read more." So when I finished up the book at 50 minutes they had about 3 minutes of wiggling and were definitely ready for their snack. But I was amazed at how well this book captivated them. I wish I had a hundred more books just like it. It held them completely. Love you Dr. Seuss!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Goldflam on September 28, 2011
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Lost? More like misplaced, and thanks to Charles Cohen these Seuss stories are where they should be-on our kids' bookshelves. The messages are there, as are the crazy characters, the rhyming patterns we all grew up with, and the beautiful artwork. Let's hope there are even more in the future.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Babygirl on October 31, 2011
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As a super huge fan of ANYTHING Dr. Seuss, I must say this book is more than excellent! Illustrations look original,vintage and the stories are amazing. I've already ordered another rare find from the Doc. By the way, I'm 57 yrs. of age. I will be reading him if I live to be 100...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amorfortuna2 on October 24, 2011
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This is a quick, enjoyable book to read. Very glad they've assembled some of his old stories from magazines into one book. All the stories share Seuss characteristics of fun reading, lopsided language, great colorful drawings and lessons learned within the text. These are not among his best, however. Still a worthwhile read and very close to his usual talent, just not quite up to par. Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss is filled with his best works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Documet on October 23, 2011
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Dr. Seuss does it again...the stories are wonderful and such an easy read. I can't wait to read them to my nieces and nephews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. D. Elva on October 30, 2011
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I am a very serious reader but I still love Dr. Seuss, so I was delighted to find out that they had rediscovered seven stories of his. I had planned to read a book a day to make it last and savor every last glorious word, but I simply couldn't, and read it in a single sitting. In this book you see another adventure on Mulberry street, a new slew of animals, and his classic genius rhyme. He is one of my personal favorites and I read everything from Harry Potter to Shakespeare who isn't as good of a poet. For anyone who loves the good Doctor I would recommend buying it as fast as you can.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A&D on September 29, 2011
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your kids will love these Seuss stories "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga ", "Gustav the Goldfish", "Tadd and Todd" , "Steak for Supper" , "The Bippolo Seed" , "The Strange Shirt Spot", and "The Great Henry McBride". The illustrations are funny and support the rhymes.

Random House has uncovered seven Seuss stories that were published in magazines in the 1950s but have never appeared as books. These stories are reportedly from a time when Dr. Seuss changed his style from a prose style to his trademark rhyming.

This is a book that your kids will love and like to read over and over again.
It's fun!
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