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Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! (Bright & Early Books(R)) Hardcover – January 24, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Bright & Early Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679881298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679881292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 one and only The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books known as Beginner Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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You can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss.
Lorraine Davis
This was my children's favorite book back in the 70's and it was read so many times that it got quite beat up.
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Very fun to read, clever illustrations, and the kids (and I) love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Miska on February 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although [advertised] for ages 4-8, my wife and I started reading this and other Seuss books to our children from 6 months on. We started a great habit of reading two or three Seuss books before bed, and the kids loved them. Soon, they would memorize many of the phrases, beginning a lifelong passion for reading.
Every kid should experience reading Hooper Humperdink while growing up. Hooper Humperdink..? Not Him! combines the zaniness of other Seuss books with a lesson about excluding others. Around ages 4+, kids begin to divide the world into various segments (i.e. boys and girls). This book helps children learn how hurtful excluding someone for being different can be. Combine this with other fun Seuss books and your kids will sit enthralled as you turn the pages. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When we were younger, my mother use to read to my older brother, my older sister, and I every night. Although the census was generally divided, my mother could always appease each of us by reading "Hooper Humperdink...Not Him!" It was and still is undoubtedly our favorite book. My brother is now a US Marine. My sister is, as always, excelling in her second year of pharmacy school. I am attending a liberal arts university on scholarship with a major in biochemistry. The three of us still recall the back inside cover of the book, an illustration of a rollercoaster dotted with the letters of the alphabet. The routine after reading the book was to find all the letters of your name the quickest--and to this day we still know how to spell our names! Imagine that! My mother also remembers almost every line to the story. However, she now needs some refreshing and has now ordered a new copy, as we had given away our haggered original long ago to those we deemed worthy.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been blessed to have the opportunity to babysit my two grandsons at this stage of my life, and when it came time for our younger grandson's first Christmas, he was just 9 months old. Grandpa & I thought it would be a better idea - since we already had an overabundance of toddler toys in the house that our older grandson no longer played with - to have his gifts that year be the beginning of a complete collection of Dr. Seuss books. The older one (4 year age difference) was able to start enjoying the "Beginner Books" series (age 4-8) immediately, and the (now 22 month old) younger one has graduated from board books to this "Bright and Early Books" series, with the clever tag line of being "for Beginning Beginners" (age 3 & under). I was surprised how many of the books I'd never seen before, including "Hooper Humperdink...? NOT HIM!", the 11th of a dozen Seuss books in the "Bright and Early Books" series.

This one is actually written under one of the pen names used by Theodor Geisel for books he authored but didn't illustrate, Theo. LeSieg (Geisel - otherwise known as Dr. Seuss - spelled backward). Apparently the first publication was in 1976 with Charles E. Martin as illustrator, but we purchased this 2006 version which is illustrated by Scott Nash. The positives are certainly the emphasis on the letters of the alphabet, with the child narrator planning a party, and adding more and more kids to his guest list that begin with each letter (i.e. Alice & Abe/Bob, Bill & Babe/Charlie, Clara, Cora/Danny, Davey, Daisy, Dora, etc.) As the list of names grows, so do the elaborate plans for the party, with the brightly colored illustrations adding to the growing excitement.

However, he has decided, "But I don't think that I'll ask Hooper Humperdink.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Paust on November 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It doesn't seem to be the same publication I had some years ago. I wasn't expecting it to be different.
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By A Customer on April 28, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I have an autistic child, with a limited vocabulary. He was given his first copy of this book when he was three. Since then we have worn one copy out and are starting on our second copy. It has help him with his speech, maybe because we read it almost every night. He will come to me and ask for Hooper, which he calls the book, and every time we come to the word Hooper he will say it. He dearly loves this book and I happen to know that my great-neice and nephew also like this book. I think that this is because of its ryhming qualities. I feel that this book is one of the better books ever written by Dr. Seuss for children.
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Format: Hardcover
I rate this book a definite "10" because, out of 800 books of my daughter's, this is her absolute favorite. She is now 8 years old, but she has enjoyed this book being read to her since she was approximately six months of age. Now she enjoys reading this book aloud to others, as she did during her "show and tell" time in her second grade classroom. This 25 cent garage sale find (with Theo LeSieg being the pseudonym used for the author, which is "Giesel" spelled backwards) is my very favorite--the rhyming text is unbelievably appealing and a pleasure to anyone's ears.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! When my son was 2 (now 20) he would have us read this book to him, repeatedly! The book belonged to his cousin. Every time we went to their house he ran to get the book and we had to read it. So when he got sick and had to be hospitalized his aunt gave it to him. Over the years the book was lost and now, as a surprise, I am trying to find it for him to keep for his future children. I can still remember his little voice saying "read Hoopy Humpydank"!
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