The words and illustrations of Dr. Seuss have alway seemed inseparable--a peerless fusion of verbal and visual wit. Yet when the good doctor wrote the manuscript for My Many Colored Days in 1973, he specified that the book should be illustrated by "a great color artist who will not be dominated by me." Twenty-three years later, he has gotten his wish. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have produced a series of rich, painterly images that could never be mistaken for faux-Seuss. They have, however, caught something of his simplicity, and just as important, his sense of whimsy.
The archives of many a late author, from Margaret Wise Brown (Four Fur Feet) to Sylvia Plath (The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit), often yield unpublished manuscripts. Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is no exception: he wrote but did not illustrate this rhyme, which assigns colors to moods. The effort is pleasant but lightweight: "You'd be/ surprised/ how many ways/ I change/ on Different/ Colored/ Days," announces a child, portrayed as a flat, gingerbread-man shape of yellow, then blue, then purple. Spread by spread, the character metamorphoses into animals of varying hues, from an energetic red horse to a secretive green fish to a droopy violet brontosaur ("On Purple Days/ I'm sad./ I groan./ I drag my tail./ I walk alone"). Husband and wife Johnson and Fancher (Cat, You Better Come Home) do not mime the author's pen-and-ink creations but work in pasty, expressionistic brushstrokes and blocky typefaces that change with the narrative tone. The characteristically catchy Seussian rhyme could help turn a Gray Day into a "busy, buzzy" (Yellow) one, and the snazzy die-cut jacket gives this volume an immediate lift above the competition. But the pointed message of Oh, the Places You'll Go! and the genius of Seuss's early work go missing. Ages 3-8.
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Not your standard Seuss, but illustrations are nice. Can't go wrong with the Dr.Published 10 days ago by Marguerite Watson
This is my absolutely favorite book for kids and adults alike, due to the message. Also my favorite Dr. Seuss book and most parents have never heard of it and love it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
A family favorite, but our hardback copy was showing a lot of wear after three kids. So glad they have this in a board book that is more toddler friendly! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I used it in teaching a class for 3rd & 4th graders this summer.
Dr. Seuss can't be beat.
Not your typical Dr. Seuss book. My 3 YO likes it but not sure that he grasps the meaning yet. I enjoy reading it to the kids. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer
My 3 yr. old loves Dr. Seuss and I know she's going to devour this book. I like the use of color and sound (something a toddler can see and hear) as a way to relay to their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly
WONDERFUL book! Can be great for kids of all ages experiencing life situations of all kinds or just for fun!Published 3 months ago by Laura J Braund
This book is a great way to start talking about feelings and how everybody goes through different moods during the day.Published 3 months ago by Laura Henry
This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are expressive, and the way that it discusses human emotions connects with both children and adults. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sugnim