A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book will have listeners calling out rhymes and chortling over witty details in the illustrations. Fun made-up creatures will entertain.
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What's the story?
A boy lives in a house where it's commonplace to find a ZOWER enjoying a nice hot shower or a ZELF napping on a pantry shelf. With some exceptions (such as the NOOTH GRUSH on his toothbrush), the boy likes his housemates. This is a terrific read-aloud or primer, illustrated in glowing orange, yellow, magenta, and purple.
Is it any good?
This simple, funny book appeals to everyone. The pictures and rhymes may help beginning readers with difficult vocabulary words, such as chimney and cupboards.
The book also has some of the prettiest color combinations of any Seuss book. One illustration combines pale yellow, blue-purple, and turquoise; another, magenta and orange accented with green. The cartoon drawings are simple yet expressive, and each creature has a personality that fits with the household item it inhabits: Since chimneys are mysterious, even dangerous places, the boy dislikes the (unseen) QUIMNEY, while the ZILLOW nestling on his pillow is cuddly and sleepy-looking.