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Children 6 yrs and older will be more likely to appreciate this very unique style of storytelling.
on 7 February 2012
I have to confess that, whilst I obviously know of 'Dr Seuss' and his quirky rhyming style and have bemusedly watched 'The Grinch' featuring Jim Carrey or, in my opinion the more enjoyable, 'Horton hears a Who', I don't think I have ever actually read any of his books.
Now that I have read, 'The Bippolo Seed' I am amazed by Dr Seuss' extraordinary mind. These 'lost' stories have no particular theme. The first two stories, the titular 'Bippolo Seed' (a cautionary tale about greed) and 'The Rabbit, the Bear and the Zinniga-Zanniga' (where quick thinking makes up for size) reminded me of the Aesops fables I read as a child. This may also be why I enjoyed these the most! The 'Tadd and Todd', 'Gustav the Goldfish' and 'Steak for Supper' stories shows Dr Seuss' penchant for characters out of this world - maybe fans of Dr Seuss would recognise a 'Gritch' or a 'Grickle'?
I have to admit though, 'The Strange Shirt spot' and 'The Great Henry McBride' didn't quite hit the mark for me. The latter, particularly so.
Unfortunately my daughter (4yrs) was not impressed. She, nor my husband are fans of the iconic character illustration and I guess is too young to 'get' the frivolity of such books so will have to try again in a few years time.
Verdict: Overall, this is an interesting collection of short stories. It has also encouraged me to seek out more well known works of Dr Seuss. In my opinion children 6 yrs and older will be more likely to appreciate this very unique style of storytelling.