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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Dr. Seuss Classic Collection) [Paperback]

Dr. Seuss
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7 Oct 2002 Dr.Seuss Classic Collection

This classic Seussian tale tells the story of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville. With wacky rhymes and zany illustrations from the master himself, it has been a seasonal favourite with young readers for over 40 years.

Now a blockbuster movie by Universal Pictures starring the irrepressible Jim Carrey (of The Mask and The Truman Story fame), directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13 and Happy Days), and scripted by the writers of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The video is also available.



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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001700154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001700154
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason." Dr. Seuss's small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His "wonderful, awful" idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.

Looking quite out of place and very disturbing in his makeshift Santa get-up, the Grinch slithers down chimneys with empty bags and stealing the Whos' presents, their food, even the logs from their humble Who-fires. He takes the ramshackle sleigh to Mt Crumpit to dump it and waits to hear the sobs of the Whos when they wake up and discover the trappings of Christmas have disappeared. Imagine the Whos' dismay when they discover the evil-doings of Grinch in his anti-Santa guise. But what is that sound? It's not sobbing, but singing! Children simultaneously adore and fear this triumphant, twisted Seussian testimonial to the undaunted cheerfulness of the Whos, the transcendent nature of joy, and of course, the growth potential of a heart that's two sizes too small. This holiday classic is perfect for reading aloud to your favorite little Whos. (Ages 4 to 8)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book clearly deserves more than five stars. It has become an important Christmas classic that will probably increase its influence on generations to come.
Psychologists have told us for years that many people are depressed by the thought of another Christmas coming. The more laughter, entertaining, and gifts, the more depressed they get. For some this may relate to the darkness of the season as we approach the Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. For others, it's related to a sense of inadequacy, a gap between how they would like their life to be and how it actually is. From the first time I ever heard this story as a youngster, I've always thought that Dr. Seuss must have known a few such people.
The story opens with a classic statement of contrast.
"Every Who
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot . . ."
"But the Grinch,
Who lived just north of Who-ville,
Did NOT!"
We don't know why he didn't like Christmas, just the things he didn't like about it, such as noise, feasting, and singing. The only glimpse we get as to causation for those reactions is a speculation that his heart is two sizes too small.
Unfortunately, his dislike for Christmas carried over to bad feelings towards the Whos.
The primary action in the story is built around the antihero concept of Santa Claus. It makes for good fun, and certainly exercises the reader's imagination in all kinds of humorous ways.
The Whos respond to the Grinch in the true Christmas spirit, which evokes a loving vision of caring that will impress all who read about it.
Then the Grinch has his epiphany that there's spiritual element to Christmas.
If you don't know how the story ends, I'll leave it to you to read it for yourself or to see the movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie!!! 16 Oct 2005
By Max
Format:Paperback
'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' is one of my favroite Christmas books of all time. It is lovely, it's sweet, easy-reading (as the the rhyming Dr. Suess always does) and it's a little bit like 'Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol'. The Grinch loathes Christmas, and he always wants to ruin it and until he plots to STEAL Christmas! Will his sinsister plot work? When I saw the film entitled simply, 'The Grinch' I adored it, but when I read the orignal Dr. Suess book, it profoundly and strangely took my breath away!!! This should be recommened to any Dr. Suess, or so to speak, 'The Cat In The Hat' fan! Dr. Suess is one of my favroite authors as well as Roald Dahl!!!
From a humongous Roald Dahl fan:
Max William James Keogh
P.S: When I grow up, I want to be a author like Roald Dahl!!!
Age 12
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book for a 3 year old. It was enjoyed not only by a 3 year old but also by an adult! A truely magical story written in an amazing style for all ages and simple but colourful pictures. Dr Seuss books are a must for any child and make reading an enjoyment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The invention of new language is always a plus for children experimenting with new words every day. This delightful poem gives them a whole new vocabulary which combines with simple rhymes to promote a real interest in the story. The nasty Grinch becomes good in the end, just like all little boys and girls lose their grumpy mood in the end. The main theme is that Christmas is more than just the presents and this book leaves the door open for parents and carers to explore this topic further, in any direction they wish. Demands to be read aloud and the rhyming allows the children to fill in the end of each sentence with ease. Lovely book which will be read again and again and again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrooge for Kids 9 Dec 2003
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Maybe that's oversimplifying a bit, but the basics are the same. In this story, we have the Grinch, who hates Christmas and every year must put up with the celebration of the Whos who live in the valley below his cave. But this year things will be different. This year, he intends to do something about it. Surely the Whos will be disappointed when they wake up Christmas morning to discover that all their presents and decorations have been stolen. Or will they?
Told is classic Seuss fashion, completely in rhymes, this book appeals to kids year round. I know I insisted that it be read to me more then just in December. The fanciful illustrations, also classic Seuss, are just as engaging as this story. After all, what could be worse to kids then no Christmas? Yet there is a message here that there is more to Christmas then the commercialism we see around us. It’s subtle and not expanded on greatly, but it’s there none-the-less.
Surely Charles Dickens' classic tale was an influence when Dr. Seuss sat down to write this book. Both the main characters hate Christmas and miss the point, but have a revelation that shows them how important Christmas really is. Of course, the meat of the stories is completely different, so kids not ready for Dickens will love this one.
If there is such a thing as a classic picture book, this belongs in that category. Enjoyable at Christmas, or the whole year round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'He himself, the Grinch stole Christmas!' 22 Oct 2005
By Max
Format:Hardcover
This is a glorious Dr. Suess tale! This story pokes out a few reminders of Scrooge, but nevertheless this book is the one for beginners! 'Dr. Suess's How The Grinch Stole Christmas' is about a black-hearted creature called, The Grinch and he loathes Christmas and he wishes to take Christmas on, and destroy this festive season! Until one dark night he has a wondeful, awful idea to steal Christmas once and for all! But will his evil plan work? Let's hope not...
Here's an extract from the story so that you have a few helpful hints so you know what the theme of the story is:
'The Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season!',
'Now, please don't ask why, no-one quite knows the reason!'
'Maybe because his head wasn't screwed on just right,'
'It could be perhaps that his shoes were to tight,'
'But I think the most likely reason of all'
'Maybe his heart was two sizes, two small...'
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ordered as a Christmas present which was well received on the day and has brought a lot of pleasure to my grandson
Published 6 months ago by windy miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Seuss!!!
As any other of Dr. Seuss's books, this is no exception and everyone child should read it. My son is now 9 and he still loves his books. Thank you Dr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mariya Stefanova Dimitrova
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasnt as good as I thought it would be
I bought this for a child who was nuts about The cat in the hat. The Grinch isnt quite as good.
Published 7 months ago by missc
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, (Dr Seuss).
Already life long fans of Dr Seuss, we bought this book for bedtime storytime for our two children aged 3 and 7. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Andrew R. Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Super for the kids to listen to and read on their own, or with an adult. Gives that Christmas spirit
Published 9 months ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for any time of the year (not just Christmas)
I grew up having this book read to me and now I'm reading it to my daughter (7). She loves it, too. The rhyming text, part of the charm of Dr Seuss is wonderful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael W Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Bought this for my nephew as a gift as he's really into Dr Seuss, he loves it and now lives by the side of his bed
Published 16 months ago by Happy days
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Discovered that I had not read this book (even though I am now a grandparent). Someone mentioned it at our WI meeting. Lovely, feel good book about the real meaning of Christmas.
Published 17 months ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant xmas book
had seen the film and always like to get a new xmas book for my 5 and 7 year old boys each year. Brilliant story, renderings and just right length with a good moral
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