Dr. Seuss's ABC

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Delightful interplay between letters and drawings.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the words are chosen for maximum fun on the tongue, and there's a delightful interplay between the letters and the crazy-wild drawings.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant-year-old Written byheybale August 3, 2010

Start reading it to your babies!

Love it--my son knew the alphabet by age 20 months and could point out and read all the letters on car license plates and also read the eye chart at the health... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byreviewgirl13 July 11, 2009

Great for kids to learn the alphabet!

A great book that can teach kids to learn the alphabet and have fun!
Teen, 16 years old Written byShowman movie13 April 23, 2020

Wonderful and education filled

A wonderful book to read to your young ones; no scares but it educates young ones about the ABCs. Fun-filled!

What's the story?

Dr. Seuss turns the alphabet from fifty-two shapes and twenty-six sounds one has to memorize into an exercise in rhymery and wordplay. Uppercase and lowercase letters are taken for a spirited airing, matched with an apt selection of fun words, all set in the suitably absurd world of Seuss characters and creatures.


Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about letters and the sounds they make. Think of words that start with the same letter sound -- see how many you can string together in a silly sentence or phrase.

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