A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
An inspirational story and a joyous look forward to the adventures of your life-- no matter what age you are.
Positive Role Models
Nothing but good stuff in this Dr. Seuss classic.
Violence & Scariness
Some scary monsters and weird and bleak landscapes. The protagonist gets stuck in a few depressing, scary spots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a jaunty, upbeat journey packed with wacky landscapes, buildings, monsters, and musical instruments. Even those who don't understand Dr. Seuss' message will be swept up and marched cheerfully along. This classic, which encourages perseverance and taking adversity in stride, has become a common gift for graduates, from grade school through college.
Is It Any Good?
This is the last book Seuss wrote, so it is easy to get sentimental about it; yet it's an inspiring, poignant work on its own terms. The illustrations are a little shaky-looking compared with earlier ones, and there are one or two flaws in the rhyme's meter, but otherwise it is as beautifully crafted as anything Dr. Seuss ever wrote. And the message is clear and moving: Life can be extremely tough at times, but we will be just fine if we keep on the road and tackle each challenge as it presents itself.
Though Dr. Seuss was still alive when this book was published, some critics sensed it was his last. It does seem like a retrospective of his career: Horton-like elephants parade the hero triumphantly along, carrying flapping banners or canopies. A psychedelic interior decorated with billowy, colorful stripes resembles a circus tent, bringing back memories of If I Ran the Circus.
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