Parents' Guide to

Horton Hears a Who

By Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

A whimsical tale with a stirring message.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Very Scary!

I was very surprised this did not have a scary rating. There are many scary aspects in this film. The kangaroo is very mean. There is a mob scene that is terrifying to my 5 year old. He is very sensitive but this movie had some really scary parts. I like the overall story and it is interesting, but if you have kids sensitive to movies then this is a definite "too scary" one.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+

Horton should be every kid's hero!

Horton Hears a Who is one of Seuss' best books! I'm 21 and I still enjoy it. It teaches a valuable lesson in helping those who cannot help themselves. It is a little intense at the end when animals attack the protagonist, so I'd say to wait until your kids are old enough to not panic!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (7):

Inside hulking Horton dwells the soul of a gentle, steadfast caretaker, and Seuss uses the elephant's immensity to make a point about taking care of those more vulnerable than ourselves. In one two-page picture, Horton is so huge that there are only a few scraps of blue sky showing. In contrast, the dust speck on the pink clover is bitty indeed. (And if their planet is this tiny, how microscopic are the Whos?) Gigantic-eared Horton hears them all along -- perhaps his compassionate soul acts as a cosmic hearing aid.

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