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What Was I Scared Of?: A Glow-in-the Dark Encounter (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – August 11, 2009

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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. Dr. Seuss's never-before-seen picture book What Pet Should I Get? will be published on July 28, 2015. The rediscovered book captures a classic childhood moment—the selection of a pet—and uses it to illustrate a life-lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but that sometimes you just have to do it!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Classic Seuss
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Classic Seuss edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375853421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375853425
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Wilmer on September 10, 2009
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I LOVE this book! What could be better than a "pair of pale green pants with no one inside them" wandering around? This pair of pants scare our main character since the pants seem to lurk wherever he goes. In typical Seuss fashion, we discover at the end that the pants were just looking for a friend.

As a preschool teacher, my children LOVE this book. They beg for "the pants book." We even did a dramatic reading of this book during our summer camp--kids aged 3-12--and it easily held their attention.

It is not one of his best known stories, but it becomes an easy favorite. Definitely check this one out!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Gordon on December 25, 2013
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I discovered a trick to this. Thought I'd share because I just knew some would complain about the glow part. The story is fantastic of course, classic Seuss, with a powerful moral about understanding your "enemy". The pictures just don't hold a glow charge long. Make it extra fun by grabbing a flashlight, turning out the lights, and as you read each page with the flashlight, you'll be charging the pics. Then after you read each page, cover the light for as spooky fun glow. Repeat each page. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 was it would have been nice to get that suggestion art the get-go. Great purchase, my 5yo loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Kellogg on July 3, 2012
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The story is good (I wouldn't call it one of Seuss' best, but it's a cute story that is well written), as our the illustrations. My only problem with it is the glow in the dark. Parts of the illustrations are glow in the dark, but most of the illustrations are in black and, more importantly, the text is black. The background is a dark green (the same as the cover picture), making the book impossible to read in even low light- I bought this to read to my daughter at bed time and was hoping that I would be able to read it in the dark, or at least with just a little light, but, because of the black on green, I actually need more light to read this that a regular book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. M. C on November 14, 2009
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This is another good Dr. Seuss book. I gave it to my great-grand-son to help prepare him for Halloween.
It was a good purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman VINE VOICE on September 11, 2011
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The cover of What Was I Scared Of? is a bit different from most of the other Dr. Seuss books I've seen, with a little Seuss-creature looking frightened, but what he's scared of isn't shown. It's set in a forest at night, with the moon high, and eventhough you wouldn't expect Dr. Seuss to go beyond his usual silly boundaries, I doubt anyone could ever guess what it is that has the character so spooked. This is the book that really started the Dr. Seuss kick my daughter's been on for the last couple of months, after we sat down and read it at the store, and it had her attention from start to finish. I love this one if only for how crazy the 'horror' is.

The main character is walking through the woods one night, when he suddenly sees a pair of glowing pants at the end of the path he's on. They start to move and walk around, and the little guy gets outta there in a split second. Some time passes, and he takes another night walk, when they show up once again. Though they haven't started talking or making any wild sounds, the pants pose some kind of threat in the character's mind and he continues to escape, going so far as to hop in a row boat to get away from them. In the end, it turns out that the pants didn't mean any harm, and were just as scared of the main character as he was of them. They become friends when all is said and done.

Bizarre, isn't it? Though when you think about it, a pair of pants...glowing green and moving around on their own at night in the woods WOULD be pretty dang scary in real life, especially since there wouldn't be any nice Seuss rhymes to go along with the situation. This is a very cute book, and I love the illustrations. Dr. Seuss could always set the mood with the simplest of settings, and this book is a great example of just that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mc on April 22, 2012
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Purchased a Glow in the Dark book years ago, "You Can't Scare Me," and read it over and over to nieces and nephews. It had a number of whole pages of glow in the dark characters and pictures that were fun to charge up with a bright light and then sit in the dark trying to make out everything. The little kids loved it. Recently, my youngest niece, who is twenty, was asking me if I still had the book. I did and I gave it to her. I was wanting to obtain a few more books that were similar to that one and when I saw this one, I ordered it. Really disappointed in that the glow in the dark feature is so under-utilized throughout the book. The main character and a pair of pants, which both glow in the dark, appear on the same or opposing pages a number of times. A few pages have the moon and one page has little characters that are suppose to be spinach. This book was nowhere near as much fun as the "You Can't Scare Me" book was. With it, we could sit with each glow in the dark page for a number of minutes, while pictures within it grew dim, while we were trying to make out all the little glow in the dark characters. These characters are nowhere near as interesting. Quite disappointing inasmuch as I bought it for that feature.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sebass on December 28, 2011
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It's a great book that basically teaches the lesson of life which is as nervous as you are, someone is probably feeling the exact same way. The material in the book stands on its own and would be 5 stars if it wasn't for the gimmick.

But where this book fails is in its execution. The type is not readable in the dark, and the glow in the dark elements are weakly implemented. Since the Glow In The Dark gimmick is why I purchased the book, it's a disappointment.
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