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The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Hardback Classic Seuss

By (author) Dr Seuss

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 282mm x 10mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375864350
  • ISBN 13: 9780375864353
  • Illustrations note: FULL COLOR
  • Sales rank: 23,222

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What's better than a lost treasure? Seven lost treasures! These rarely seen Dr. Seuss stories were published in magazines in the early 1950s and are finally available in book form. They include "The Bippolo Seed" (in which a scheming feline leads a duck toward a bad decision), "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga" (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear by a single eyelash), "Gustav, the Goldfish" (an early rhymed version of the Beginner Book "A Fish Out of Water"), "Tadd and Todd" (about a twin who is striving to be an individual), "Steak for Supper" (in which fantastic creatures follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner), "The Strange Shirt Spot" (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back"), and "The Great Henry McBride" (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are bested only by those of Dr. Seuss himself). An introduction by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen traces the history of the stories, which demonstrate an intentional move toward the writing style we now associate with Dr. Seuss. Cohen also explores the themes that recur in well-known Seuss stories (like the importance of the imagination or the perils of greed). With a color palette enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines, this is a collection that no Seuss fan (whether scholar or second grader) will want to miss.

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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL--aka Dr. Seuss--is one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time. From "The Cat in the Hat" to "Oh, the Places You'll Go!," his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss's long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for "McElligot's Pool," "If I Ran the Zoo," and "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 19, 2011: "The stories' rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse's rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss's better-known works...[F]ans old and young will deem these 'lost' stories a tremendous find." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011: "The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and...the writing is as fresh, silly and exhilarating as it must have been when first seen. The good Doctor may be dead these 20 years, but he's still good for splendid surprises." ChildrensBooksGuide.com, 2011's Best Children's Books ..".Everything you'd expect from this master... Chock full of rhyming, goofy characters and whimsical illustrations." San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2011 ..".A treasure trove from one of the greats of children's literature...an unexpected treat... The collection sings with Geisel's trademark rhyme, rhythm, wordplay and serious silly streak. A must-have addition to your Seuss collection." BoingBoing.net, October 27, 2011 ..".A new Seuss collection is reason to celebrate...and Bippolo Seed is more than a curiosity or a completist's collection of offcuts -- much of the material in this book stands with Seuss's best-loved work. The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit and irreverence..." The Atlantic, September 27, 2011 ..".A fantastic new collection...More than just a literary gem, which it certainly is..." The Baltimore Examiner, September 28, 2011 "Truly a great piece of treasure for your family's library!" USA Today, October 5, 2011 "Did you know a bunch of 'lost' Dr. Seuss stories were unearthed recently?...As one would expect with Seuss, they're incredibly clever." Wired.com, September 28, 2011 "The stories are pure Seuss -- you cannot mistake the artwork or the made up words...my son...enjoyed them for what they are-- little stories that teach some sort of lesson." The Mac Observer, October