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A cautionary Cold War tale (first told by Dr. Seuss back in 1984), The Butter Battle Book still has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. Explaining the very serious differences between the Zooks and the Yooks, a Zook grandpa tells his grandchild the unspeakable truth: "It's high time that you knew of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with the butter side down!" He then recalls his days with the Zook-Watching Border Patrol, as he gave any Zook who dared come close "a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch." But when the Zooks fought back, the switches gave way to Triple-Sling Jiggers, then Jigger-Rock Snatchems--even a Kick-a-Poo Kid that was "loaded with powerful Poo-a-Doo Powder and ants' eggs and bees' legs and dried-fried clam chowder."
With lots of fun and more-than-fair digs at the runaway spending and one-upmanship of U.S.-Soviet days, The Butter Battle Book makes a chuckle-filled read whether you're old enough to get the historical references or not. (And with all the Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroos still in service, this book's message is far from obsolete.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
"Dr. Seuss chronicles the feud between the Yooks and the Zooks from slingshots through sophisticated weaponry, until each side has the capacity to destroy the world. The language amuses, the drawings are zesty and humorous, and the demand for this book will be large."--School Library Journal.
"Provocative, packs an allegorical punch. The parade of increasingly elaborate (and ridiculous) armaments makes a telling point."--Booklist.
Just be aware that this is a very dark Dr. Seuss book that is more suited for teenagers looking to study the cold war. Not appropriate for the under 8 set.Published 26 days ago by Kristen J Daley
Great book. I used it as a sermon illustration concerning the need for peace. Great pictures, bold colors.Published 26 days ago by krystawolfe
Awesome thank you! The 1st book got bent in the mail and they replaced it without me even having to ask. Very pleased!!!Published 1 month ago by Getana
Oh, how can you not love a good Seuss? If you liked Sneetches or Yertle, this will be up your alley. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jancee
Well that escalated quickly. I had no idea Dr. Seuss was so dark and creepy. This apocalyptic nightmare scared me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by VirgilCane
This is a dark ass book, not the best for a 1 year old but great service.Published 2 months ago by Francis
I use many of his books for my guidance lessons in elementary school.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer