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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong with This Picture?, 4 Aug 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wacky Wednesday: Green Back Book (Dr Seuss - Green Back Book) (Paperback)
This book deserves more than five stars and is one of the best beginning readers ever created!
Wacky Wednesday combines the interesting repetition of a beginning reader with a fun set of picture puzzles. The two features are wonderful together for encouraging careful observation (useful in life, as well as in word recognition).
As a result of this brilliant book concept, Theodore Geisel (a k a Theo. Le Sieg -- Geisel backwards, and Dr. Seuss) have teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, to create a fun classic that will be enjoyed by parents and children for many generations to come.
Imagine a day that begins when you look up in bed over your head, and see something funny:
"It all began with that shoe on the wall.
A shoe on the wall . . . ?
Shouldn't be there at all!"
A child wakes up one morning to finds increasing numbers of unusual objects in rather odd places. Pretty soon, the objects even begin start to split apart. And that's how Wacky Wednesday began.
The child looks out the window and sees a bunch of bananas growing in a normal tree and water running through a garden hose with a long section missing in it. Out in the hall, a candy cane holds up a part of a hall table, one door has two knobs, and a picture is upside down. In the bathroom, the child wears one sock while showering, there's a palm tree in the toilet, one faucet is upside down, and a fish is swimming happily in the shampoo bottle.
In the bedroom while dressing, four things are wrong (including more misplaced shoes). In the kitchen, this grows to five. On the way to school, there are six. Later, down the street, there are seven. Outside the school are eight. In the classroom, there are nine.
That's when cognitive dissonance sets in. The teacher orders the student out, wanting to avoid the wackiness.
Outside the school now, there are ten new wacky things. Down the street, eleven more . . . then another twelve.
Just when desperation sets in, a policeman tells the child that only 20 more things have to be found . . . and then the child can go to bed . . . because Wacky Wednesday is over.
The pictures present lots of opportunities to help your child notice how things work. Water needs to go through something to come out the other end. You need a door at the end of steps to get into a house. Windows cannot stand by themselves in the middle of a lawn. People don't drive sitting in the back seat of a car. The beauty of this kind of picture juxtaposition is in the opportunity to have many conversations with your child to open up the beauty of how things fit together, and don't work so well when they don't fit.
As for the beginning reader aspect, the book has many one syllable words that rhyme. This provides the maximum ease for decoding the letters and turning them into words. I put in the examples of the rhymes here to make that point for you.
I thought that the ways the details in the pictures were jumbled were quite imaginative. The wacky elements are well distributed on a page, and seldom repeat the jokes. This makes it continually interesting to search for them.
Ultimately, the book is rewarding too for the idea the teacher expresses -- that the child is having a wacky day rather than that anything is really wrong. We all have days like that. Then, suddenly they are over. That is good psychological reassurance for your child. You should encourage that thought, as well.
After you finish enjoying the book, I suggest that you each try your hand at creating a two page layout with pictures and a simple rhyme. That will make you both appreciate the book more, and give you a fun experience together.
Enjoy finding what needs to be unwhacked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong with This Picture?, 4 Aug 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This book deserves more than five stars and is one of the best beginning readers ever created!
Wacky Wednesday combines the interesting repetition of a beginning reader with a fun set of picture puzzles. The two features are wonderful together for encouraging careful observation (useful in life, as well as in word recognition).
As a result of this brilliant book concept, Theodore Geisel (a k a Theo. Le Sieg -- Geisel backwards, and Dr. Seuss) have teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, to create a fun classic that will be enjoyed by parents and children for many generations to come.
Imagine a day that begins when you look up in bed over your head, and see something funny:
"It all began with that shoe on the wall.
A shoe on the wall . . . ?
Shouldn't be there at all!"
A child wakes up one morning to finds increasing numbers of unusual objects in rather odd places. Pretty soon, the objects even begin start to split apart. And that's how Wacky Wednesday began.
The child looks out the window and sees a bunch of bananas growing in a normal tree and water running through a garden hose with a long section missing in it. Out in the hall, a candy cane holds up a part of a hall table, one door has two knobs, and a picture is upside down. In the bathroom, the child wears one sock while showering, there's a palm tree in the toilet, one faucet is upside down, and a fish is swimming happily in the shampoo bottle.
In the bedroom while dressing, four things are wrong (including more misplaced shoes). In the kitchen, this grows to five. On the way to school, there are six. Later, down the street, there are seven. Outside the school are eight. In the classroom, there are nine.
That's when cognitive dissonance sets in. The teacher orders the student out, wanting to avoid the wackiness.
Outside the school now, there are ten new wacky things. Down the street, eleven more . . . then another twelve.
Just when desperation sets in, a policeman tells the child that only 20 more things have to be found . . . and then the child can go to bed . . . because Wacky Wednesday is over.
The pictures present lots of opportunities to help your child notice how things work. Water needs to go through something to come out the other end. You need a door at the end of steps to get into a house. Windows cannot stand by themselves in the middle of a lawn. People don't drive sitting in the back seat of a car. The beauty of this kind of picture juxtaposition is in the opportunity to have many conversations with your child to open up the beauty of how things fit together, and don't work so well when they don't fit.
As for the beginning reader aspect, the book has many one syllable words that rhyme. This provides the maximum ease for decoding the letters and turning them into words. I put in the examples of the rhymes here to make that point for you.
I thought that the ways the details in the pictures were jumbled were quite imaginative. The wacky elements are well distributed on a page, and seldom repeat the jokes. This makes it continually interesting to search for them.
Ultimately, the book is rewarding too for the idea the teacher expresses -- that the child is having a wacky day rather than that anything is really wrong. We all have days like that. Then, suddenly they are over. That is good psychological reassurance for your child. You should encourage that thought, as well.
After you finish enjoying the book, I suggest that you each try your hand at creating a two page layout with pictures and a simple rhyme. That will make you both appreciate the book more, and give you a fun experience together.
Enjoy finding what needs to be unwhacked!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, 1 Feb 2010
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I bought this book for my small granddaughters. My own daughters had all the Dr Seuss books as children and this was their Number One Favourite! They still remember it and are now in their thirties!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wacky Wednesday, 14 July 2008
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I loved this book when I was young, still do! It was the first book I learnt to read and I drove my mum nuts requesting to have it as the bed-time storey nearly every day, she still grimaces if I say "It all began...." ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars prompt delivery, excellent condition, 25 April 2014
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Book was in very good condition, prompt delivery. Was a birthday present for my daughter who fell in love with it at her nan's, whose hardback edition is nearly 40 years old, hope ours lasts as long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 1 Jan 2014
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sarah bavington-smith (Hastings, East Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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Typical of Dr Seuss books, fantastic book, very funny. Perfect addition to our collection. We adore his work so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Children's Book, 4 Jun 2013
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Dr. Bojan Tunguz (Indiana, USA) - See all my reviews
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I've been a big fan of Dr. Seuss' books and characters for a long time. I did not grow up with these books (I did not grow up in an English speaking country), but ever since I was exposed to them I embraced with enthusiasm his zany and, yes, wacky sense of humor and appreciation for playful oddities. Now that I am a parent I have been buying his book with relish and enthusiasm, and exposing our little boy to them from the earliest age.

"Wacky Wednesday" is perhaps one of Dr. Seuss' most "challenging" and educational books. In addition to the playful and repetitive rhymes, the illustrations themselves pose a little challenge of discovering the discrepancies between what we would expect in the "normal" world, and what we instead encounter in these illustrations. This is indeed a fun and educational activity, but it may not be the most suitable for the very young readers. Our kid is still too young to appreciate even the text and illustrations in their own right, but we hope that by exposing him to Dr. Seuss from the earliest times he may grow to like him and his work as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 April 2013
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Fantastic book my 3.5 yr old loves it and I would recommend it to everyone. Wednesdays are now know as wacky Wednesday in my house!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good kids book, 2 Jan 2013
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a must for every child's night stand Dr Suess books are always entertaining and imaginative which keeps both kids and adults entertained
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wacky wednesday, 13 Nov 2003
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Although i find this book very annoying, my children aged 2 and 3 think its brilliant, i only wish they could read it themselves!
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