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on March 5, 2004
This book is not all about reiterating the Seuss stories we've already read, but instead an objective well researched pictoral and written account of the man so many love. Cohen does a great job researching the possible meanings of Geisel's cartoons and later texts. There are many, many Judge magazine and other political cartoons that are absolutely hilarious, and absolutely adult in nature (similar to alot of his "childrens" stories).
I highly recommend this book to anyone what likes to drop into a chapter then skip to another at an opposite end of the book because they are somewhat independent although chronological, it is easy to skip around to the parts you feel like reading for that day.
Also, at 400 pages full color, who can pass up the bargain?
f.y.i. This biography seems to coincide a lot with *In Search of Dr. Seuss* the movie that just came out in dvd
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VINE VOICEon May 28, 2004
As we celebrate the centennial of Ted Geisel's birth, material is appearing that looks at the influence of Dr. Seuss on generations of American readers. Dr. Cohen brings us what is obviously a labor of love. Drawing inspiration on his extensive collection of Seussiana, he has produced one of the most lavishly illustrated and broadly scoped book on the life and works of the good doctor.
Cohen reaches back to Geisel's school days and illustrates the development of the artist's style and humor. Continually he will point out how pieces done at various points in Geisel's life can be traced as part of the development of what would become some of his trademark images and beloved characters, including the Grinch. Instead of focusing heavily on Seuss's books, he draws attention to the vast collection of other artwork that was drawn, mostly before the books even came into being. Seuss's work as a humorist, advertising artist, sculptor, and cartoonist (political and otherwise) are shown here as he continued to improve and hone his craft. The end results are the books that are so beloved to multitudes of people who were lucky enough to grow up with Seuss in the house.
The book would be worth it for the pictures alone, but the accompanying text helps get below the surface of many of the pieces, and to tie them together into a artist's whole output. Even if you only look at the pictures and read the captions to the pictures, you will get a whole new appreciation of Dr. Seuss's work over the years. If I any complaint, it is that in some ways the books almost get shorted too much in this narrative, and too often the captions for the illustrations are repetitive to the text. But these are minor quibbles that in no way detract from the glorious whole.
For the Seuss lover, and for the casual reader, this book brings the reader a whole new appreciation of a beloved illustrator's work and the genius that was Dr. Seuss.
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on March 13, 2014
I purchased several Seuss Books at once. I had also seen some of his works in a Gallery which I really fell in love with. The Biography is special because of the lack of information that is really out and about Seuss. The many things that startaling about his art and his career and the number of books he wrote. I have enjoyed this and am not disappointed in my purchase.
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on December 4, 2015
Love Dr. Seuss! Thanks to Mr. Cohen for teaching me more about him and for bringing us "new" books from lost manuscripts!
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on February 23, 2013
i love Dr Seuss artwork, not his kids books, some are cool, but his World War II times in advertising, and the one of a kind art that he used cartooning his way throughout this book. it has his paintings and sculptures on a few pages. the book of his art work i have also bought. this is were i started getting a sense of fun in his work before the kids took over. and he always had a cool slant on things even early on in his life. very creative and entertaining.
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on April 13, 2015
Book is perfect and super fast delivery.
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on September 24, 2015
Still reading it, but love it thus far. Arrived in great shape and is full of great information about this marvelously creative individual.
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on March 25, 2016
Wonderful adult resource. Very well researched.
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on December 18, 2016
I"m giving this 4 stars because it's a beautifully done book. On the other hand i just want to warn those that would be considering this book for children... Dr. Seuss did not only draw children's style pictures. There is a degree of nudity in several pictures in this book. Fully exposed breast being the main culprit. I purchased this book for my extremely talented 13 year old comic artist for his birthday. Thank God I went through it before I gave it to him!
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on March 9, 2015
This book provides insights into the creative mind of an exceedingly creative artist and storyteller. It is informative, reveling, and entertaining. Highly recommend for all ages. It is not a children's book.
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