genre } children | christmas | picture books
release day } 6th October 2003
publisher } Picture Lions
format } paperback
isbn } 9780007170241
pages } 64 pg.
source } bought
age group } children +
interest } all ages
challenge } +
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
By Dr. Seuss
"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)
My 2 Cents
Nothing sounds like Christmas without the mention of all popular the Grinch around. This is a classic rereading for me and ever since I have picked it up, (well I must admit, I have had a date with Jim Carrey's version ♥ before picking it up for the first time.)
Let it be known that this was the first Dr. Seuss for me back then and it had open my way to drive my way through Dr. Seuss books. I didn’t regret it one bit.
Nevertheless, this is a wonderful quickie book for any quick read. I’ve tested it out with reluctant readers (of all ages) and this is quite a favorite among them. Loving the simple words to read and illustration to see, of course and enjoyable read.