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Hunches in Bunches (Classic Seuss)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Children usually do not realize that the internal dialogue in the mind is a source of confusion and distraction for almost everyone. The great strength of this book is to make that psychological reality tangible and to address ways to deal with it. You also give the parent a chance to share her or his perspective on internal voices. The book's key point is that you should consider all the perspectives that occur to you, compare them, and choose a good one to pursue.
"Do you ever sit and fidget
when you don't know what to do . . . ?"
"My trouble was I had a mind.
But I couldn't make it up."
"Oh, you get so many hunches . . . ."
In the story, the hunches include one to do homework, another to go play video games, yet another to fix the rusting bicycle, while another suggests a bathroom break. As the hunches build, the decision gets harder. Thinking about it just adds more hunches.
The key point is:
"Make your mind up! . . .
Only you can make your mind up!"
The suggested method is to split yourself into several people and to decide what to do by letting each one represent a hunch. To me, that's a variation on the Benjamin Franklin method of putting each choice down on a piece of paper with a list of the pros and cons for each. Then compare the lists.
If everyone learned that method at a young age, it would be wonderful! A lot of adults still need to learn this lesson, so don't limit your gift giving of this book to youngsters!
After you finish this book, I suggest that you encourage your child to verbalize his or her urges. Then talk to her or him about how he or she is sorting it all out.
Take the best choice, rather than the most impulsive one!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2001
I ADORE Dr. Seuss. In fact, I'm pretty sure that his work is the source of a sizeable chunk of my love for language in general, and for poetry. In fact, I think my love for Shakespeare started as a child, with Dr. Suess. This stuff was really profound for me.
But I have to say, if Geisel really did write this one, he was NOT in top form. The music of his language is missing - some of the verses are downright clunky, and the usual depth is lost in horrific lines like "... together we'll trot to some real cool spot and play a few video games."
Maybe he was trying to be contemporary. And some of the illustrations here really ARE wonderful, but I have to say, this Seuss lover (who now spends as much as an hour and a half a day reading the stuff to his own daughter, who love it) finds this one way off the mark.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2006
Dr. Suess books are classic's. I have never read this book before. As I was reading it with my 3 year old son before bedtime, several times in the book they used the word dumb and stupid. I am fully aware that those words are not "bad" words. However my son has picked up on those words (prior to the book) and uses them in a harsh tone of voice as bad words when he is upset that makes them sound worse then they are. So I just try to steer clear of those words in my daily language and also try to limit how much he hears those words in general. (which is a challenge all in it's self because once again they are not "bad" words). So I was kinda shocked when I was reading and came across those words (which I didn't read aloud) in a children's book. So I'm not telling you not to buy the book, just a little FYI that those words do appear in the book a couple of different times. I'm sure that in most children it is no big deal to hear those words, but for mine it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I mean, it's okay... but when compared to almost any other Dr. Seuss book, it is sub par.

I picked this book up at the library for my 3 1/2 year old because I had never seen this particular Dr. Seuss book before. I realized right away that this was one of his more modern books (he even mentions video games!). My son loves it-- he had me read it over and over again. The main problem I see in this book are certain phrases that I really don't want him to start repeating, namely "stupid schlopp" and "dumb a dunce." After my husband read the book to him, he actually called him a stupid schlopp, not realizing that it was bad, so we had to have a conversation with him about certain words not being polite.

Other than that, the book really isn't as magical as some of the other ones. I don't think it makes much sense. Sure, we all get "hunches" about what we should do and sometimes it's hard to make up our mind, but the hunches that the little boy experiences aren't the best examples. I don't really understand what up and down hunches are.

Sigh. I don't know. It's definitely not one that I need in our children's book collection, and I'll be relieved to return it to the library.
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on February 21, 2015
A young boy is having a difficult time deciding what to do with his time. Suddenly he is bombarded with hunches. And they come in bunches. Each hunch is telling him something different to do. Some of the things they tell him make sense but others do not. In the end, the boy decides to simply go to the kitchen and eat hot dogs.

The illustrations are fun and colorful. Each hunch has a different and silly hat.

The story concept is a good one. But it is not executed with Dr. Seuss' typical bouncy and fast flowing style. Many of the rhymes do not flow well. And worst of all, the words dumb and stupid appear which should never belong in a book for young children. Dr. Seuss' books usually are written in an uplifting manner, but this one brings you down. The hunches are pointing their finger hats at the boy making him feel pressured which is why in the end he decides to eat instead of following any of the other's advice.

This book is written on a 2.9 reading level. It would be good for 2-3 grade independent readers, but not young emerging readers.
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on September 16, 2014
I don't recall reading this one when I was a child (and I thought I had read all of Dr. Seuss's catalogue) but, compared to his other works, this one is a bit weak. Also, and I've seen other reviewers mention it, he does use the words "dumb" and "stupid", the former more than once. IF those are words you're trying to avoid, best to avoid this book as well. Normally his stories have a positive, or, at the least, a thought-provoking message, but this one starts with a kid who's bored and can't decide what to do (fertile ground for a morality play) and ends up deciding, after a lengthy debate with himself, to eat 6 hot dogs. It's silly, as it is meant to be, but not exactly where I had hoped the story was going. On a final note, he also casts homework and bike maintenance in a negative light, which I thought was strange.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
We love Dr. Seuss, and our goal is to slowly buy our kids his whole collection. His stories are so engaging and offer really worthwhile themes and lessons for parents to talk about with their children. So when it came time for Christmas, I started looking for the next book to buy, and unfortunately, settled on this one. I realize not everyone is particular about how they speak to their children and what words kids learn, but we try to avoid words like 'stupid' and 'dumb'. This book uses both; those are not concepts I want my three-year-old or one-year-old to learn. Besides the poor language choices, the book seems pointless compared to many of his other books. Definitely disappointed with this book and my hunch is to be more selective in choosing next time!
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on February 24, 2013
When my son was an infant/young toddler, he would refuse to go to bed unless I read him Hunches in Bunches. Well, over time and subsequent sibs, we needed a new copy . Dr. Seuss is so important for the rhythmic phrasing that help children become successful readers, both silent and oral. My now 9 year old still loves it. Great, although lesser known, Dr. Seuss book.
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on May 16, 2014
I absolutely loved this book. It was so adorably silly. Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors! I guarantee that if you read this you will love it!
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on March 3, 2014
We are collecting all of the Dr Seuss stories. This one is a great read and my daughter loves the story.
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