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 stories, set to snappy verse, are simple but nimble and quick. The braggart in the title story is boasting of defeating tigers, but is put in his place.
Is It Any Good?
The book's verse is spare yet with enough curiosities to make it ideal for an early read-alone; the crazy-wild artwork, as always with Seuss, makes it a winner as a read-aloud.
Democracy is not an idea that comes naturally to 4-year-olds. They do, on the other hand, have an innate appreciation of lawlessness, which is a necessary stage before the acceptance of the rule of law. Leave it to Dr. Seuss to get at democracy through anarchy.
This book has the look of early Dr. Seuss, as if the characters were experiments that would eventually lead to the Cat in the Hat and his whole odd world of creatures. The roughness of the character designs makes them that much more cuddly; even when they are being turkeys, readers will have a protective instinct at work for them.
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