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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

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A fun and dandily illustrated Dr. Seuss book.

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Parents need to know that the story visits one comically horrible situation after another, dandily illustrated by Dr. Seuss' wacko artwork and with lots of eccentric word inventions.

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What's the story?

You think you've got it bad? asks Dr. Seuss. Consider then Gucky Gown or the Green-bearded Schlottz or the Brothers Ba-zoo, who all are "muchly much-much more unlucky than you!" Believe it; Dr. Seuss introduces a whole company of unluckies--from humans to Irish ducks to left socks--all in shimmeringly hapless circumstances.

 

Is it any good?

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The best way to give bad medicine is to sweeten it with humor, and Seuss does that with style. Here is a humble piece of advice that, like the best humble pieces of advice, is the product of considerable enlightenment: There is solace in knowing you may have it bad but others have it worse.

Seuss's unfortunates may be unfortunate, but not scarily so. They're the kind of folks who can actually see the grass growing in the wake of their lawn mower, or can't throw a shadow, or break their poogle-horns at all the wrong times. Still, who wants a fractured poogle-horn when the Prince of Poo-Boken is expecting a serenade?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about luck. Do you sometimes feel unlucky? How so? When have you enjoyed good luck?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 1, 1973
Number of pages:48
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Adult Written byDrSuessReadinDaddy April 9, 2008

Funny for Kids and Adults

This book is hysterical, both for the typical fantastical images for which Dr. Seuss is so famous, and for the scattered kernels of truth from daily life. Anyone who has ever sat in gridlock traffic can appreciate Dr. Seuss' interpretation in 'the traffic on Zayt highway eight.' My personal favorite, though, is the brief story about the Hawtch Hawtchers. Anyone who's been first line management will appreciate the wisdom in "...his job is to watch... to keep an eye on the lazy town bee. A bee that is watched will work harder, you see." I love this section so much that it always makes me laugh. That joy in reading it makes my 4 year old son laugh at it, as well, whether or not he gets the joke. Dr. Seuss does wonderfully at capturing the ideas that make us (the grown-ups) laugh, which, in turn, makes us laugh both at ourselves and with our kids. A bed time story is the perfect antidote to a long day at the office, and so much better!! I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do. Dr. Seuss's writing contains wisdom for both child and parent, and time spent reading his books is time well spent for both of us.
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

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