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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Like many of Dr. Seuss' books, the made-up words can be a challenge for children still learning to read. However, the creatures' unique names can also be used to help young readers sound words out and eventually visualize rhymes.
Violence & Scariness
Small children who fear monsters under beds and in closets may be scared of the unseen creatures. However, the book's light-hearted tone may actually help them cope with these fears. The book was republished in 1996 and was edited to remove the scarier creatures such as the Red under the bed and the Vug under the rug.
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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.
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.
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