Saturday, March 2, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Title:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Author:  Dr. Seuss

Genre: Christmas / Spirit / Animal 
Year Published: 1957

Year Read:  1993

Publisher:  Harper Collins Children's Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Scary Imagery and depictions of stealing)

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“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is Dr. Seuss’ memorable classic about how the Grinch tried to steal all the presents from the Whos of Who-ville to spoil their Christmas.  “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is definitely the best out of all of Dr. Seuss’ books that many children will enjoy for many generations.

Dr. Seuss’ tale of finding the true meaning of the Christmas spirit has been memorable in many generations’ eyes and the writing is excellent as it is written in a creative way by using a rhyming text that truly showed the creativity of this book.  Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are extremely creative especially when most of the images are in black and white, but Dr. Seuss uses some red coloring in the images from the Grinch’s Santa suit to his red eyes to represent the colors of Christmas.

Parents should know that the Grinch might scare smaller children, especially since the Grinch is drawn in a very menacing way with his red eyes and his evil scowls.  Also, smaller children might be upset at the fact that the Grinch steals all the Whos’ presents without remorse and that might upset many children who are afraid that their presents would get stolen by a mysterious stranger. 

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is Dr. Seuss’ greatest classic as it shows children what the true meaning of Christmas is really all about and has remain to be a true classic in many generations’ hearts.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the images of the Grinch might scare smaller children.

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