Wednesday, December 31, 2014

[BOOK REVIEW] Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

Title:  Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories

Author:  Dr. Seuss

Genre:  Animals / School / Rhyming / Lost Stories

Year Published: 2014

Year Read:  2014

Series: Horton the Elephant #3

Random House       

Source:  Library   

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

Who would have believed that I would find some stories written by Dr. Seuss that were actually lost for many decades?  I was quite surprised when I picked up the latest book by Dr. Seuss called “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories” and read the stories that have not been published for decades and I was always wondering when I read this book about why these stories were never published in the first place.

In this short collection of lost stories by Dr. Seuss, there are a total of four stories including an introduction about how these stories came to be by Charles D. Cohen.

Horton and the Kwuggerbug

In this story, Horton meets up with a small bug called the Kwuggerbug and the Kwuggerbug tells Horton of a Beezlenut tree where the sweetest Beezlenuts grow and said that he could lead him to the tree if Horton carries him there.  However, Horton will soon realize that the Kwuggerbug is not as innocent as he seems!

Marco Comes Late

When Miss Block asks Marco about why he was late to school, Marco then weaves a tale about how a bird ends up laying an egg on his head and how he meets up with two worms and two large cats who argue with each other about whether or not Marco should keep the bird on his head.

How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town

When Officer Pat notices a small gnat flying around Thomas the cat, he then realizes that the gnat could cause so much trouble on Mulberry Street if it bites the cat and causes a catastrophic chain reaction that could destroy the town!

The Hoobub and the Grinch

The story starts out with the Grinch (no, not that Grinch) trying to sell a piece of green string to the Hoobub and telling him how the green string is much more useful than the sun.

I have to wonder about how come these stories were never published when they originally came out during the 1950s (even though the introduction by Charles D. Cohen explained why these stories were lost in the first place) as I found these stories to be just as entertaining as Dr. Seuss’ mainstream works.  Dr. Seuss has once again woven an extremely creative and hilarious set of stories that will be memorable for both children and fans of Dr. Seuss in general and I really enjoyed the creative rhyming being woven into this book as they gleefully tell the stories in a humorous way.  Probably my most favorite story out of this collection was “Horton and the Kwuggerbug” since I am a huge fan of Horton in general and the story about Horton being taken advantage of by a small bug really speaks out to me!  Dr. Seuss’ artwork is as usual creative to look at as the characters have exaggerated features that really bring out the hilarious activities that they get involved in.

Overall, “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories” is a fantastic collection of the lost stories of Dr. Seuss that anyone who is a huge fan of Dr. Seuss will easily enjoy!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since the stories are enjoyable for small children!

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