Dr. Seuss

Hop on Pop

September 11, 2018
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Snore on bore.

This is basically one of those word list books. Apparently Dr. Seuss wrote them, too. It's kind of on the same lines as "I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words" except Seuss's word list rhymes, which is about the only way you can get through one of these without falling asleep.

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Message: 

These are words you should learn.

Green Eggs and Ham

October 20, 2017
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In the words of Ponyo, "HAM!"

If you take it from the perspective that a child will likely take it, I'm probably reading too much into it. A child will look at it and think, "Oh, there's a lot of food I don't like, and my parents sometimes resort to ridiculous lengths in order to get me to eat food that I claim to not like, and it sometimes turns out that I like it," so I think they'll identify with that. I guess the important part is that the main character does like it.

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Message: 

Try new foods. Or, if you keep annoying somebody enough, they'll give in to what you're asking for.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises!

October 12, 2017
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Onomatopoetic poetry.

There's nothing really to it. It's enjoyable and light. My kids enjoy making funny noises. Silly things are attractive to children. The imaginative, whimsical aspects of this book are great. There's no real message to it, but it might encourage children to use their imagination and be more descriptive of things.

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Message: 

None.

Gerald McBoing Boing

November 2, 2016
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Good message, poor execution.

I want to like this book, because it has a good message, but I can't get past the way the parents implicitly treat Gerald.

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Message: 

Everybody can have a place that they fit. Something which seems like a flaw at first can be a strength when viewed from the right angle.

If I Ran the Zoo

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Surprisingly, slightly racist. Interesting enough to write a longer review. Having princes carry your stuff is some sort of statement.

Message: 

Zoos are great, but they could be much better. Or, foreigners should live in zoos.

The Cat in the Hat

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Anthropomorphic cat bursts in to the house of two children who are home alone, wrecks the place, and then magically cleans up after himself and leaves.

Message: 

When uninvited strangers wreck your house, they will clean up after themselves.

McElligot's Pool

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

A man tells a boy that he won't catch any fish in the tiny pond, but the boy comes up with all kinds of crazy reasons why he might catch weird fish.

Message: 

None.

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