A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the merry -- and minimal -- rhyming text gives these words the utmost read-alone appeal. The simplicity and verve encourage participation during a read-aloud, while the artwork jovially depicts the words.
Is It Any Good?
Seuss knew what he was doing when he hit on the idea of introducing a mere thimbleful of words to the beginningest of readers. The tone and the challenge are inviting, and Blake effectively translates the words into action. Seuss conveys not just the pleasure of word slinging but also the very joy of being alive. Rarely do exclamation marks get used with such obvious perfection. The book is as merry as a cricket, and contagious.
The fun in reading this book is complemented by the sense of accomplishment young readers get when they finish the last page, often heading right back to the start for another helping. That's what they say about good poetry, and here it's clearly a sign of something special.
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