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Dr. Seuss creates another timeless picture-book classic with The Sneetches and Other Stories. Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book accommodates four tales with deliciously subtle takes on how silly it is to be, well, silly. “The Sneetches,” “The Zax,” “Too Many Daves,” and “What Used to be I Scared Of?” make this vigorous compilation a should-have for each and every library. Full of Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and unmistakable characters, it’s perfect for new and lifelong Seuss fans.
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars.” This collection of four of Dr. Seuss’s most winning stories begins with that unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean (“the Fix-it-up Chappie”), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can also be costly. Following the Sneetches, a South-Going Zax and a North-Going Zax seem decided to butt heads on the prairie of Prax. Then there’s the tongue-twisting story of Mrs. McCave–you know, the one that had 23 sons and named them all Dave. (She realizes that she’d be far less puzzled had she given them different names, like Marvin O’Gravel Balloon Face or Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate.) A moderately spooky adventure involving a pair of haunted trousers–“What Used to be I scared of?”–closes out the collection. Sneetches and Other Stories is Seuss at his best, with distinctively wacky illustrations and ingeniously weird prose. (Ages 4 to 8) –Paul Hughes
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