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Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) Hardcover – August 12, 1972

4.8 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews

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Oh, why won't Marvin K. Mooney just please go now? In this 1972 classic for "beginning beginners," Dr. Seuss devotes his rhymes to budging the reluctant young Marvin K.: "The time has come. The time is now. Just go. Go. GO! I don't care how." But despite his impatience, our narrator certainly isn't short of ideas on how Marvin could make an exit. "You can go on stilts. You can go by fish. You can go in a Crunk-Car if you wish." Seuss's ever wacky illustrations accompany each new mode of transport, from balloon to broomstick to Bumble-Boat. And if those who are just learning find a word they don't know, chances are Seuss has simply made it up to fill out this ear-pleasing, easy-to-read text. This book is yet another fun and euphonious entry from the good doctor, a silly primer for budding rhymers and readers. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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"[Dr. Seuss] has...instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]" - The Telegraph "Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses" - The Express "The magic of Dr. Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf" - Sunday Times Magazine "The author... has filled many a childhood with unforgettable characters, stunning illustrations, and of course, glorious rhyme" - The Guardian "Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses." - The Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 100L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (August 12, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394824903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394824901
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was originally published at the height ofthe Watergate scandal. Dr. Seuss sent a copy tohis friend Art Buchwald, crossing out the name "Marvin K. Mooney" and writing in "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the whole thing in his column with the alteration. I find it impossible to read the book without this anecdote in mind! My two-year-old has no such political baggage, and though he has outgrown Marvin K. Mooney now, he enjoyed it for a long, long time. It's underrated.
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I still have nightmares (and chuckles!) about getting a "big boy bed" for my then 2 1/2 year old son when I was about 5 months pregnant with his younger brother (who would soon be occupying the baby bed)... aaahhh, the bedtime battle of wills between adult and child! That was MANY MOONS ago, of course... I'm now a grandmother whose had the opportunity to babysit our two grandsons during the day, and those nightly battles are no longer part of the equation since they go home at night! When I read this book for the first time, I was a little confused as to who Marvin is supposed to be... is he the son of the finger-pointing adult in the book, or is he the Eddy Haskel-type neighbor kid who doesn't know when his welcome has worn out? (Maybe Dr. Seuss intended for it to be left to individual interpretation!)

When I looked through the book prior to reading it to my grandson, I knew I'd be asked WHO was telling Marvin to "go" and WHERE he was supposed to be going and WHY he had to go... those bedtime battles came to mind immediately, so that became my explanation scenario. The book is actually quite funny, with the adult coming up with outlandish ways the child can accomplish his "going", just as long as he goes! It's a very colorful book, full of the typical Seuss rhyme and rhythm. In hindsight, I wonder if I would have had a less stressful time of it with my son at bedtime if I'd read him this book, then let him decide how (in his imagination) he'd be going to bed each night - Mom decides when, he gets to decide how... hmmm... can I get a "do-over"?

We bought this book as part of a collection for our younger grandson.
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Format: Hardcover
GET THIS BOOK FOR YOUR CHILD. My foster son's daughter Kayla, 6, read a little more than half of it last night. She loved it. Tonight I picked it up -- and she grabbed it out of my hands, sat down and started reading aloud. As I write this she's in the living room, eagerly reading aloud -- with absolutely no enticement from ANYONE. It's a FUN book with the ryhmes, repeated words, colorful and silly illustrations. And she's still reading it. I had it in my hands for a few seconds, and it was gone! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! was one of her picks.
Marvin K. Mooney is an excellent choice of a beginning reader after your child has read about 20 books and is ready for something just a little more challenging. The reason I say that is because there are a number of Dr. Seuss's imaginary creatures and inventions in here, so the illustrations don't totally tell you what the words are. For example, you will see a Ga-Zoom, a Bumble-Boat, a Zumble-Zay, and a Crunk-Car. These are, by the way, the most witty and imaginative illustrations as well.
The fun of the story relates to an impatient adult (displayed by an arm and a hand wearing a watch) who wants Marvin K. Mooney to go. Marvin just listens until the end, when he goes. It isn't clear if Marvin K. Mooney is the child of the hand or the child's friend whose parent wants him to leave. It doesn't really matter. I lean towards the latter explanation. But we all know how adults like to say the whole name of a child to let them know the adult is very serious.
Yet, the book isn't serious at all in any other way.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was a little kid, to the point that I still remember all the words as an adult. This is a good story to read a child. When I had kids, I bought the book, because I remembered enjoying it when my big sister read it to me.
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This was my son's favorite book in the 70s and I was so tickled to be able to see his son also enjoying all of the great little creatures this book conjures up. Each page will hold a toddler's attention and will surely bring on lots of giggles at bedtime! This is classic Dr. Seuss at his best!
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