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)
Gave to a kindergarten teacher for an end of the year gift, she loved it!Published 22 days ago by Jenny L. Linge
This book about the "differenter" school called Diffendoofer is actually not 100% written by Dr. Seuss. This is his story concept, but he never completed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
If you are a teacher of any kind this a must to read aloud before big tests, be it state or unit tests.Published 1 month ago by elyse
Love this! Gave it as a gift to my son's kindergarten teacher.Published 2 months ago by Kristy L Martineau
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 5 months 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 6 months ago by happy Mom of three