****The Sneetches and Other Stories
by Dr. Seuss
Reviewed March 9, 2002.
Random House, 1961. 65 pages. Available at Sembach Library
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, I wanted to pick one
of my favorite picture books by Dr. Seuss. This book has the stories
“The Sneetches,” “The Zax,” “Too Many Daves,” and “What Was I Scared Of?”
My son and I were discussing “What Was I Scared Of?” We agree
that in all the world, in all of history, there’s no one else who ever
would have thought of writing a story about pale green pants with nobody
inside them. I still remember the spooky thrill I got as a child hearing
that story. For awhile, one of my sons insisted on skipping it.
It scares, but it fascinates. Sort of a Very First Ghost Story.
I love the way he pulls off the atmosphere. All the pages are
in the dark of night, with only the narrator, the moon, and the pants
another color. The narrator insists he is not afraid. I love
this page-- “I said, ‘I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them.’
I said, and said, and said those words. I said them. But I
There are two kinds of Dr. Seuss stories. One type serves as
a catalog for his incredible imagination and his magical ear for language.
“Too Many Daves” is one of these. Who else would think of names like
“Oliver Boliver Butt,” and “Zanzibar Buck Buck McFate”? Some other
books like this are If I Ran the Zoo, If I Ran the Circus,
The Sleep Book, Scrambled Eggs Super,
and Oh, the
Thinks You Can Think!
However, he is also capable of powerful and beautifully simple fables.
"The Zax,” and “What Was I Scared Of?” are all
in this category, along with The Lorax, I Had Trouble In Getting
to Solla Sollew, Yertle the Turtle,
and Horton Hears a Who,
among many others. They’re quirky, they’re strange, they roll off
the tongue, and they leave you with one simple message that you won’t soon
“That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had
one, or not, upon thars.”
Amanda gives this book Five Stars.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All
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