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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (January 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679867120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679867128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

More than three years after his death comes a new work from bestselling and beloved Seuss (Theodor Geisel). While fans are sure to be tickled by the prospect of Seussian entertainment, they are likely to be disappointed in the "also-ran" flavor of this picture book, adapted from an animated TV special. The Cat in the Hat, jaunty-looking as ever, introduces and narrates the tale of young Mayzie McGrew, who one day mysteriously sprouts a daisy from her head. The phenomenon is followed by a lengthy and predictable scramble of adults rushing in to solve the problem. The attendant media buzz makes a celebrity of Mayzie and her daisy, and she learns the hard way about the high cost of fame. While the premise and concluding moral are all Seuss, the posthumous execution falls flat. Much of the text lacks the snap and panache of standard Seuss verse, and the artwork-extrapolated from Seuss sketches-seems off-kilter too. The economy of line of his best work gives way here to clutter, and the colors combine heavily and sometimes even harshly. One great success is the daisy itself, which conveys much human emotion through its stalk, leaves and petals. Ages 4-8.
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"Dr Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses." The Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

I'm thrilled he loves books so much.
Beth Schnellenberger
If you're looking for a story that reads well, has a cute story (love that mom is a welder), and that your kids will enjoy then this is a good book for you.
kaimom
This is not my favorite Dr. Seuss, but a cute book nonetheless.
J. Sanchez

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sweet little Mayzie represents a dream all of us have had at one time -- to be popular or famous, to be unique. Reading her story gives kids a chance to explore this issue of popularity/fame and whether or not one must sacrifice something to achieve that status. After reading the book, kids can discuss this with parents or within a group of classmates. Fabulous book. <P>I also recommend THE LORAX for discussion on environmental issues.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hank I on July 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hands down, this is my daughter's *favorite* Seuss book. At 3 & 1/2, she can practically recite it word for word. I was saddened to see the other negative reviews about the book, because I like the message in it - 1) Your family & friends will always love you, and 2) Fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. The book can be the spark for some interesting & thoughtful conversations on values.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Title explanation: All the reviews before this one seem old. The latest one I found was in 2004 and (believe it or not) some even were made in the 1990s. Title explanation end. My sister, Russian Blue Witch, checked this out from the library one day The story is nice but weird because Dr. Seuss often leaves out questions in his stories. Why did the daisy sprout out of Mayzie's head? How did it sprout out of Mayzie's head? The same with The Cat in the Hat. Where did the Cat in the Hat come from? The Acme Child Cheer agency? LOL! (Laugh out loud.) The story is also kinda boring, but I guess it's fine. A con is how they spell Mayzie. I know, I know, you can spell names any way you want to, but it is still spelled oddly so when I searched for this on amazon.com to write this review, I just searched "Daisy-head" because I forgot how they spelled Mayzie. I don't get why people don't think it is by Dr. Seuss, though. Also, I am a bigger-age kid and I didn't make out practically the first time so for easy reading, this is a no go. And it's weird: The petals just fall off, the daisy doesn't disappear. Good moral, though. What I think is really interesting is the story behind it: it was left in a drawer after Dr. Seuss died. Overall: Nice, but you might want to check it out from the library instead of buying. Not super-interesting. Signed, StoryMaker. "Gotta trust the kid's review!"
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love this book because it is funny, and exciting. It is easy to read and it made me laugh. T.J. (4th Grader)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom of three on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with Dr Seuss and I learned to read by reading Dr Seuss. This book is one of my favorites. I can read this book over and over to my children and all of my children enjoy it (ages 6, 4, and 2). I have both sexes - 2 girls and 1 boy (4). My 6-year old reads this book on her own and we check this book out every time we go to the library. I am now ordering our on copy but could not believe the reviews; therefore, I decided to write my own review because I find this book so delightful and refreshing.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In the rush to cash in on the Dr. Seuss name, his widow has released a book that he probably never intended to be published. The rhymes are mediocre, real clunkers at times, and the illustrations show none of the character of those Dr. Seuss actually created for his other books. Whatever the redeeming social value of this book (and that's a stretch) it's almost painful to read.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is dreadful. I didn't realize it was published long after Geisel's death, and it shows. Terrible illustrations accompany a long, boring and inappropriate story. When you buy Seuss make sure you get an original...
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Format: Hardcover
I read this while working in a bookstore, surprised that there was a Dr. Seuss book I hadn't come across before. (Turned out it was not published when I was a kid.) It was about a little girl who, for no apparent reason, has a daisy sprout from her head one day. It actually kind of disturbed me because of all the attempts to get rid of it not working out for Mayzie. The whole thing just kind of made me uncomfortable. It's also sort of amorphous how Mayzie gets swept away in a life of fame after someone decides to exploit her having such an unheard-of feature, because even though we know she ends up going back to her normal life, we don't really know much about what that life was or whether she was happy with it. The Cat in the Hat actually shows up here acting differently from the way he normally does, and helps Mayzie feel at ease and return to her previous life.
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More About the Author

"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

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.

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