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Wacky Wednesday (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 12, 1974

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“Dr. Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.”
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Illus. in full color. A baffled youngster awakens one morning to find everything's out of place, but no one seems to notice! Beginning readers will have fun discovering all the wacky things wrong on each page while sharpening their ability to observe, as well as to read.
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  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0080 (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 12, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394829123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394829128
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book deserves more than five stars and is one of the best beginning readers ever created!
Wacky Wednesday combines the interesting repetition of a beginning reader with a fun set of picture puzzles. The two features are wonderful together for encouraging careful observation (useful in life, as well as in word recognition).
As a result of this brilliant book concept, Theodore Geisel (a k a Theo. Le Sieg -- Geisel backwards, and Dr. Seuss) have teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, to create a fun classic that will be enjoyed by parents and children for many generations to come.
Imagine a day that begins when you look up in bed over your head, and see something funny:
"It all began with that shoe on the wall.
A shoe on the wall . . . ?
Shouldn't be there at all!"
A child wakes up one morning to finds increasing numbers of unusual objects in rather odd places. Pretty soon, the objects even begin start to split apart. "And I said, 'Oh, MAN!' And that's how Wacky Wednesday began."
The child looks out the window and sees a bunch of bananas growing in a normal tree and water running through a garden hose with a long section missing in it. Out in the hall, a candy cane holds up a part of a hall table, one door has two knobs, and a picture is upside down. In the bathroom, the child wears one sock while showering, there's a palm tree in the toilet, one faucet is upside down, and a fish is swimming happily in the shampoo bottle.
In the bedroom while dressing, four things are wrong (including more misplaced shoes). In the kitchen, this grows to five. On the way to school, there are six. Later, down the street, there are seven. Outside the school are eight. In the classroom, there are nine.
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Clearly Theodore Geisel used the name Dr. Seuss for all of his books where he did both the story and the art while he saved Theo. LeSieg for those where he only did the story and let somebody else do the art. In the case of "Wacky Wednesday" that would be George Booth. My working hypothesis is that when the story is essentially grounded in the real world and does not go spinning off into the wild imaginative realm of Dr. Seuss, then somebody else gets the honors. This makes sense because even when Dr. Seuss draws regular kids they do not look like regular kids any more than the Cat in the Hat looks like a regular cat.
"Wacky Wednesday" is actually a counting book, but it takes you a while to notice that because when it begins with a shoe on the wall that should not be there is is clear that young readers are supposed to spot all the wacky things in each picture. But then we notice that whereas there were only three or four wacky things to be found in each picture now there are five, six and eventually twenty wacky things to discover before Wacky Wednesday is over and done with (although I think there are more than twenty in that final picture, depending on how many times you count the suns).
But counting is just the added educational benefit, because primarily "Wacky Wednesday" is for kids who love to play "What's wrong with this picture?" The funny mistakes are fairly simple, but kids will enjoy finding them in these pictures where as more and more wacky things show up nobody seems to notice. Besides, the whole trick here is to get beginning readers to read a book all by themselves, which is the point of these Beginner Books.
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A Kid's Review on April 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wacky Wednesday
Theo LeSieg
Reading Level 1.2 
Wacky Wednesday is a great book for younger children! I would really recommend it! The illustrations are wonderful, bright, funny and very cute! Wacky Wednesday is a very good book for finding and helping children to look for different objects. It is really quite fun trying to find the things that are wacky!!
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I now have Wacky Wednesday memorized because my 3-yr old son wants to read this book every night! I like the book because it gives him a chance to think about what is going on in the pictures and find what is "wacky" or out of place. I recommend this book to anyone with small children!
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This book is clever and interesting. It was a favorite of mine and my siblings when we were young. In this book, wacky things continue to happen as the day goes on. On this Wednesday one little boy is the only one who realizes that things are not as they should be. Wacky Wednesday is a book that i recommend anyone to read to a small child, they will truelly enjoy it.
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Dr. Seuss has published a number of early reader books under the pseudonym Theo LeSieg, illustrated by other artists. None of the LeSieg books qualify as classics, but they do make for enjoyable reading practice. In this one, a young boy wakes up in the morning and notices that there is a shoe stuck to his wall. On the following page, a second shoe is attached to his ceiling. In each additional page, there is one more out-of-place item, bringing great consternation to the young protagonist, until on the final page there are twenty items for the reader to find.

Much of the enjoyment comes from the visual gags incorporated into the illustrations -- a shoe on someone's head, a tiger in a baby carriage, a teacher elevated on roller skates. Toddlers and elementary students are likely to find great satisfaction in counting up the wacky things on each page. The "I spy" component is time-consuming, making this this book a terrible read-aloud, but it's a great choice for cultivating confidence in self-reading.
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