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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Dr. Seuss subtly exposes greed and commercialism.

Book Dr. Seuss Holiday 1957
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Oh damn what a classic!

This is the king of all classics, in books, movies, and even music. This is the king of classics. And it should live on. The book is awesome!

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Dr. Seuss subtly exposes greed and commercialism and promotes the values of love and community with wit, humor, and flawlessly constructed rhymes. The true spirit of Christmas leaps off the double-page spread of the Whos holding hands, even after all their Christmas presents and decorations have been stolen. Cleverly, Dr. Seuss uses the same picture presented at the beginning of the story (when readers first meet the Whos) to show that their spirit has not changed.

The illustrations are in pen and ink, with some red added. This kind of printing was common in 1957, when the book was first published, but it may disappoint modern readers who have seen the animated and/or live-action movie versions and expect full-color illustrations. However, the energy, vitality, and charm of both drawings and verse make this book a treasured American classic.

Book Details

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: October 12, 1957
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 54
  • Last updated: October 18, 2017

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