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Dr Seuss' Animal Antics - Dr Seuss Book

Dr Seuss' Animal Antics - Dr Seuss Book

Dr Seuss' Animal Antics - Dr Seuss Book

Dr Seuss' Animal Antics

 

These three stories introduce the reader to a madcap menagerie of wacky creatures and a world of crazy imagination! With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them to learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranking amongst the world's favourite children's authors, Dr Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller.

Author and Illustrator : Dr Seuss

Format : Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition : New

Dimensions : 27cm x 21cm x 2cm

Stories in this book :

  • If I Ran the Circus
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • On Beyond a Zebra

 

Dr. Seuss: Issues/Opinions/Inspirations

Like most works of merit, the works of Dr. Seuss have been overanalyzed; many scholars have found devices where there are truly none to be found. For the most part, Ted enjoyed writing entertaining books that encouraged children to read. There are several—his later books, in particular—that were, in fact, inspired by current events or his own personal concerns.

For example, Ted was upset about the billboards and construction that threatened his tranquil community of La Jolla. On a broader spectrum, however, Ted was concerned about the environment as a whole; he wanted manufacturers, businesses, and individuals to take responsibility for their actions. The Lorax, published in 1971, weaves a familiar tale of a good thing gone wrong: the irresponsible, ambitious Once-ler builds a huge, thriving business at the expense of Truffula trees and the creatures who depend on them. Ted remained true to the Seussian style, but still managed to shame the current generation and challenge the next generation by demonstrating the pitfalls of progress . . . “unless.” (The Lorax, p.58)

The Butter Battle Book, perhaps the most controversial of all his books, was written in response to the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during the Reagan administration. Published in 1984, Butter Battle sheds light on the growing threat of war between the Yooks and the Zooks. The threat stems solely from the way Yooks and Zooks choose to eat their bread: butter-side up and butter-side down, respectively. The story ends with a blank page, leaving a cliffhanger ending that is open to interpretation. When Ted presented this particular project, Random House saw red flags!

For the first time in decades, editors and art directors questioned Dr. Seuss—the cover, the ending, the verb tenses, even the title itself went through several changes. Never one to initiate confrontation, Ted suddenly found himself defending every element in question. Ted remained as true to the original as possible because the book represented the truth about the arms buildup. Ultimately, few changes were made.

For six months, Butter Battle remained on The New York Times’ Bestseller List—for adults.

In 1990, when the televised version of The Butter Battle Book was shown in the U.S.S.R., Ted bragged that the country began “falling apart.” Indeed, the Soviet Union was crumbling at that time, but Ted’s message reached a much broader audience—and challenged readers to answer the question, how does it all end? (Morgan, p. 255)

Incidentally, the question Ted dreaded most was the question he was asked most often: “Where do you get your ideas?” He usually responded with a quip, most often “Uber Gletch.”

 

Other Dr Seuss Books

The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Box Set

A Classic Case of Dr Seuss Box Set

Reading is Fun with Dr Seuss

The Best of Dr Seuss

Ten Tall Tales

The Lorax

Animal Antics

 

 

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