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If I Ran the Circus (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – October 12, 1956
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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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Good quality book, and of course a book by Dr. Seuss is always great!Published 29 days ago by D. Card
I ordered this to use as a sign in book for my daughters circus themed birthday party. It was a HUGE hit!Published 1 month ago by Kacee
Used for table centerpiece and guest sign in for baby's first carnival themed birthday
My daughter loves the circus and loves Dr. Suess so where do you go wrong?Published 1 month ago by Christopher A. Brothers
Cute book to buy a toddler before or after they have visited a circus. You just can't top Dr. Seuss for cuteness, rhyme, silly characters. Fun for all ages.Published 2 months ago by Nancy Gardner