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Dr. Seuss's ABC

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Delightful interplay between letters and drawings.

Book Dr. Seuss Alphabet 1963
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age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+
Great that it's not the usual A for Apple, B for Boy...

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Educational value
age 18+

Learn the alphabet with Dr Sus

A is for Among Us, V is for venting, S is for sus, E is for electrical, R is for red is sus.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Seuss, faithful to his mission, entertainingly and effectively delivers the educational goods -- in this case, the alphabet. The letters each take a turn in the spotlight and then are wedded to a few well-chosen words that convey the Seuss worldview of the high humor to be found in mental play: "Many mumbling mice are making midnight music in the moonlight ... mighty nice."

Because Seuss's illustrations are all about possibility -- quacking quacker-oo, policeman in a pail, ten tired turtles on a tuttle-tuttle tree -- that same sense rubs off on the letters: Here, take these letters, they're fun! Rub 'em together and see what you come up with. There is no better way to take the anxiety out of something than to make friends with it.

Book Details

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
  • Genre: Alphabet
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: November 28, 1963
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 4
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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