A small collection of Geisel's rough sketches would be plenty to thrill even the Grinchiest of readers, but there's much more to this marvelous book. Renowned children's poet Jack Prelutsky and award-winning illustrator Lane Smith were called to action by Schulman to pull these sketches into a complete story that would make Dr. Seuss fruffulous with glee. Prelutsky's delicious verse is uncannily Seussian, and it is inexplicably sensational when exploring the Diffendoofer School to discover good old Horton, a platter of green eggs and ham, and a few Whos from Who-ville scattered across the surreal and fascinating landscape of Smith's artwork. Lane and Prelutsky have gone above and beyond the call of duty, maintaining the characters and themes Geisel was just beginning to develop, but enhancing them with their own delightful stylistic stamps.
Above all, this incredible book is an ode to unorthodox, unusually creative teachers, and the innovative thinking they encourage in young minds. (Miss Twining, for example, teaches "how to tell chrysanthemums from miniature poodles.") It is a noble theme, and one that Geisel surely had in mind when he concocted these preliminary sketches. Both new Dr. Seuss aficionados and those who remember The Cat in the Hat's 1957 debut will cherish this book for its message, artwork, and poetry, and most of all, as a tribute to the man who inspired thousands of readers. (Age 3 and older)
As a trainer of teachers this book is a wonderful example of what a real school can and should be. Where teachers teach and students learn and the tests are not the most important... Read morePublished 1 month ago by william Henshaw
I bought this book for teacher appreciation week for two teachers and they both loved it. I admit I read them before I gifted them and It is an amazing story of teaching children... Read morePublished 2 months ago by happy Mom of three
I got this for my bestf riend for her birthday and she adored it! I love that the end of the book has "the making" of it!Published 3 months ago by Jay
3 of the 11 books I purchased a ripped on multiple pages. Disappointed as I need these for teacher gifts this week.Published 3 months ago by Erin S Fenton
If you are a teacher or just like Dr.Seuss, you'll love this book. I have it memorized from reading it to my girls so many times.Published 5 months ago by Matthew Grace
This book was written from drafts by Theodore Geisel by other very helpful writers. The story is about how teaching kids to think is more important that teaching them how to take... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve Green
You can't hardly go wrong with Dr. Seuss. This is a good read. It is about two divergent educational approaches to how schools are run. Dr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Namaste*
Great book for a teacher gift. Bought this as an end of the year thank you to my sons first grade teacher and she was thrilled. She is a big Dr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K.D.
Every teacher should own this book! No Child left behind and standardized testing can really bring down morale, but this book is a tribute to those who they teach critical and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lisa Kastello