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If I Ran the Circus (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – October 12, 1956
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Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.
Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
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And what a circus he imagines! As the scenario unfolds, we are treated to many marvelous sights: a 500-gallon lemonade dispenser, a Drum-Tummied Snumm, a fluff-muffled Truffle, a Spotted Atrocious, a trapeze troupe, and much, much more. Dr. Seuss' distinctive rhyming style is on full display throughout. Typical lines: "Then my Tournament Knights! Noble apes without fears! / Sir Hector! Sir Vector! Sir Bopps! and Sir Beers!"
Throughout the book, young McGurk imagines store owner Sneelock performing in the imaginary circus. This gives the book a subtle touch of gentle subversiveness, since Sneelock is an adult, and thus an authority figure. But the humor is never mean, and in fact Sneelock appears both courageous and talented in the many wild scenarios spun in the boy's head. All things considered, "If I Ran the Circus" is a delight, and another triumph for Dr. Seuss.
I have difficulty getting one of them without the other. That anyone made a living doing this work is a victory on several levels - and the best way I can celebrate it is to buy this book again. And again.
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It was fun following the boy's imagined circus and the many strange acts he would include. The story is sprinkled with humor about the things Mr. Sneelock will do even though he doesn't know about it yet.
The only difficultly with the story was when the words became bogged down in many spots making it harder to get through the paragraphs. There were too many made up words in a row making is difficult to figure out Seuss' meaning. If he had slowed down and simplified it would have been a far better story. But it is still an enjoyable read for grades k-4.
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Classic Seuss - gave this book to my 3 year old daughter along with the Janod Circus Story Box for Christmas!Published 17 days ago by S + H
A classic. Going to young niece for Christmas. Good quality cover/book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
When our friends became grandparents, I immediately thought of a gift for the baby - my own (now grown) kid's very favorite: If I Ran The Circus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Simms
In my opinion, one of the very Best Seuss books ever penned! A true gateway to imagination and adventure for young minds.Published 4 months ago by Jeremy Elliott
Bought for our son's circus theme birthday party! It's a long one but tons of fun rhyming and silly words to make that possible!Published 4 months ago by sroberts
Great book, of course. Wonderful for first readers to figure out all the creatures names. A favorite for my granddaughter.Published 4 months ago by Marina Blake