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

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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. Dr. Seuss's never-before-seen picture book What Pet Should I Get? will be published on July 28, 2015. The rediscovered book captures a classic childhood moment—the selection of a pet—and uses it to illustrate a life-lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but that sometimes you just have to do it!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 0220 (What's this?)
  • 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: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Every night before our 2 year old twins go to bed, they get to pick three stories - one each and one together. This book is ALWAYS in the mix...to the point where they can recite it by heart now. Yet, I never get tired of reading it over and over again. We also love the artwork - counting the birds or helicopters, searching for Olivetta Oppenbeam and reviewing our alphabet on the next-to-last page. Last night, one of my kids said "I'm going to have a party and I'm going to invite Hooper Humperdink too!"
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A Kid's Review on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It was alright of a book. I thought it was kind of sad how the narrator did now want to invite Hooper but invited everyone else from A to Z. It was pretty cute how they went through the alphabet when naming the kids who were invited. In the end he ends up having a change in heart and invites Hooper Humperdink. I liked the illistrations, they were very colorful and detailed. If your younger sibling or child is learning the alphabet, then this is the book to read to them.
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This book did not carry the "zing" that makes all of Dr. Seuss' books so loveable. I think it was partly due to the new illustrations. They did not match the Seuss style of zingy and zangy. The pictures felt flat to me.
All through the book I waited to find out something good that kept the unknown person from inviting Hooper to his birthday party, but it never comes. The narrator simply does not like Hooper and instead invites EVERY other child available. In the end, he allows Hooper to come because the party is simply too good to miss. I am disappointed in the message this sends and that they felt this book needed new illustration.
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