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Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,637 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Some people just won't take the hint when it's time to go to bed, but Marvin K. Mooney eventually gets the message!

By combing the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by Random House (first published August 12th 1971)
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Not the best Seuss out there. Tried to read this to my daughter last month, but she kept trying to shut the book. As another reviewer mentioned, the whole 'story' seems a little rude and pointless.

However, I have to admit that there are a few kids in my neighborhood who have that Marvin K. Mooney feel to them.
There is this one kid that I literally have to force out of my house! Gah! Is it so wrong of me to expect other parents to eventually come get their kid?! Set a time limit people! How woul
My son is at a building-vocabulary age: he points at objects, grunting inarticulately and looking expectantly at the nearest adult. If the name isn't too complex he'll repeat it back to you in mangled form. Dr. Seuss books tend to the problematic as far as this noble pursuit goes. They're filled with weird things not normally found in the real world, forcing me to either feed my son's tender, melonlike head with nonsense and hope that what I put in there will never, ever backfire ("Yes, son, tha ...more
I've had this book for years, but just recently re-read it. It was great as a kid, but as an adult it's not for as great as I remember. One of the reasons I so love Dr. Seuss is because his books are funny, silly, zany - and they sometimes make a really good point in such a sneaky way that kids don't even really realize they are learning to be better by being like Yertle the Turtle or Horton. This one - not so much. No real point to it, which is fine, but the yelling at the character Marvin to G ...more
Another great Dr. Seuss. My 5 yr old reads this level 1 reading book to his younger brothers and loves the rhyming. While my 3 yr old twins love repeating the strict admonishment for Marvin to leave! The pictures are always fun and spark innovation for new creations such as Ga-Zoom made out of Legos. A big favorite in our house.
People are always shocked when I say I haven't read Green Eggs and Ham. Instead, I read this one. It is the same kind of set up where Marvin is asked to go away all different ways that rhyme. I used to read this at my doctor's office.

I was just reading a review of Yertle the Turtle (which is one I"m not sure I read), and it said that this is about Nixon! Wow, I need to read this as an adult!
One of my husband's favorites to read to our kids. They knew all the lines by heart and could fill in the verse. Alwyas wondered what Marvin did that warranted the wish for him to leave.
Guadalupe Sanchez
Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now! By Dr. Seuss
Genre: Children’s Literature Reading Level: K-2 grade Format: good

Throughout the entire story the narrator tells Marvin K. Mooney that it is time for him to go. Where, what and how he leaves is not important just as long as he leaves. The narrator tells Marvin K. Mooney, “you can go on stilts, You can go by fish, You can go in a crank-car if you wish” (Suess, 1972). Despite being told to leave Marvin does not seem convinced to leave. Until fin
Angelica Flores
Throughout the entire story the narrator tells Marvin K. Mooney that it is time for him to go. Where, what and how he leaves is not important just as long as he leaves. The narrator tells Marvin K. Mooney, “you can go on stilts, You can go by fish, You can go in a crank-car if you wish” (Seuss, 1972, p.6). Despite being told to leave Marvin does not seem convinced to leave. Until finally he decides to head out on his own two feet at the end of the story. This book can be used in the curriculum f ...more
Shannon The Show Stopper
Marvin K Mooney will probably be the last name I remember when I'm old! LOL
Michelle McBeth
This early reader by Dr. Seuss is what I believe he is all about--teaching kids to read in a fun and nonsensical way. There is really no story line here. It is time for Marvin K. Mooney to go so we are asking him to go by any transportation he wishes as long as he goes now. The interesting repetitiveness is what makes these books so fun. And while most of the text is quite simple, he throws some new words in like stilts and camels, but the illustrations make it obvious what the words are.

Dr. Seu
Kathleen Dixon
This isn't one of my children's books that I always think "Oh, I love that book", but despite that, every time I read it I enjoy it thoroughly. It has all the usual quirky Dr Seuss things - strange vehicles, odd animals, super-short phrases, and easy rhymes.

It also has one of those story endings that catch you unprepared - there's poor Marvin being told in no uncertain terms that he has to go (NOW), throughout which he looks completely unfazed, and then off he goes without a murmur. Wonderful!

It's time for Marvin to go. But he's just standing there. So the narrator goes to great lengths to tell Marvin all the ways he could leave, and he doesn't even care which one he chooses, just as long as he GOES!

I read this to PreK when they're learning about transportation. They just like the parts where the narrator yells, "GO!" :)

My favorite bit of trivia about this book: Dr. Seuss himself, Ted Geisel, once marked out the name "Marvin K. Mooney" throughout a copy of the book and replaced it wi
Sarah Sammis
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss was published a year before I was born. I probably had it read to me but beyond the funny dog eared Marvin and the pointing fingers on the cover, that's all I remember from those early years. I'm now reading it to my children.

Like Cat in the Hat, Marvin K. Mooney.. uses a limited vocabulary and a rhyming scheme to be easy but fun to read. The book is full of intense emotion and lots of shouting which lends itself to overly theatrical performa
Week 6: Favorite Dr. Seuss book

Marvin K. Mooney is asked to go but he will not budget. He is given various options but he ignores that all. It isn't until Marvin decides on his that it is time to go, that he goes.

"Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now" is appropriate for ages 3+.

"Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now" and "Go Dog Dog" were the first two books that I learned to read, perhaps that is why this has always been my favorite Dr. Seuss book. The illustrations in this book are dire
Paula Heller
This a silly book for any child who loves to smile and laugh. The book shows children how to have an open mind and teaches them that anything is possible through imagination. They will enjoy listening to all the different ways the character, Mooney, is asked to leave a place. The book is also filled with colorful illustrations and rhyming words.

Amber the Human
Had the lovely opportunity to listen to my husband read this to a three-year-old while we were babysitting. Man, the guy who really wants Marvin to go is so mad. And with no explanation. But Seuss was fun like that. Didn't give you all the info. I suppose it would be fun to come up with ideas as to why Marvin needs to leave ...
Sarah Federspiel
This is another one of the Dr. Seuss classics that introduces children to basic forms of poetry. In the story, an individual tells Marvin K. Mooney to go away in a variety of different ways. I would like to use this book in my future classroom as a tool to introduce poetry that is both clever and engaging enough for young students.
Not one of the essential must-reads of any child, this book was one of my favorites. It's author, Dr. Seuss says just about all there is to know about this book. It was one of my beloved books as a kid, and there are rarely ever any dry eyes by the time the child gets done reading this book.
Edward Creter
Poor Marvin!!! His parentals are trying sooo hard to rid him from their lives any way they possibly can!!! Boat, train, car train, even, oddly enough, camels with books on their humps!!! He'll leave of course.... eventually. Classic Seuss...but then, what else did you expect? KING LEAR????
Eleanor West
The time has come and Marvin K. Mooney is told to ‘go now!’. He can go by foot or by hat, by Zike-Bike or Zumble-Zay, no one cares how as long as he gets! Soon Marvin K. Mooney got the message and went.

Written in the classic Dr.Suess style, ‘Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now!’ is fun, quirky and creative. The images are vibrant and imaginative. This book would be a great source for teaching reading skills to KS1 and EAL pupils as its poetic style provides a strong utensil for teaching rhym
Elizabeth Brown
I would use this book for a social emotional discussion. For example, if some one is bothering you or if you just don't feel like being bothered, you could ask them nicely to go away. The rhyming words are what makes this good a good literature book.
Great Dr. Seuss classic. It has all the usual quirky Dr Seuss things - strange vehicles, odd animals, super-short phrases, and easy rhymes. A fun, quick read for little ones and beginning readers. I just can't help to wonder WHY... Marvin K. Mooney had to leave.
Taylor Milano
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Not my favorite Seuss book (unless you are trying to get rid of a pesky house-guest or house-mate), but my five-year-old son read most of it by himself and HE thought it was funny, so that is worth quite a lot.

Jacqueline Gary
This is not one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. This book does not have a point to it. It just keeps telling Marvin to get out. This book in my opinion is not teaching children to be kind to one another.
Kimberly Rogers
Always a great read!

Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? I love him, my kids love him, and my grandson now hears us read him too. No other can compare to this amazing man.
Yohan Choi
* A book has a good contents and rhyming that children can learn. It wasn't a short story to young readers can read, but its colorful illustration will absorb the young readers' eyes.
Rima Aroutiounian
Great rhyming fun story from Dr. Seuss for kindergartners and also for toddlers too. Big letters, rhyming that will help with phonological awareness and print motivation.
Andd Becker
It is weird that the reader does not know who Marvin K. Mooney is, or who is telling him to go, or why.
There is a long list of ways for Marvin to go: on skates, on skis, in a hat, by bike, on a Zike-Bike, in an old blue shoe, on stilts, by fish, in a crunk-car, by lion's tail, by mail (after stamping self), in a Zumble-Zay, by balloon, by broomstick, by camel in a bureau drawer, by Bumble-Boat, by jet, by Ga-Zoom.
Without the author telling the reader what precipitates the departure, or how th
This was a book about Marvin K. Mooney overstaying his welcome and in the end he finally leaves. The illustrations really contributed to the enjoyment of this book.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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