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Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,490 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Illus. in full color. Narrated by Mercedes McCambridge. A paperback edition of Dr. Seuss's tale about lovable Thidwick, the moose who becomes the reluctant host for a whole group of greedy guests, is paired with an audio cassette. The cassette features original music and Seussian sound effects. Cassette running time approx. 15 min.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 13th 1993 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
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Mohammed Al-Garawi
The only thing going through my mind while reading this was: "Why the hell didn't I read anything by Dr. Seuss when I was young?" :/

Dr. Seuss's books are insanely cute and smart for the young ones! They are witty, easy to read, and poetic, let alone the life lessons the carry.

This one was really nice. As the name suggests, it teaches the kid to be nice hearted and kind, but at the same time it shows how nice people's kindness might be taken for weakness or stupidity.

I'm really impressed by how
Dr. Seuss never disappoints. In this lesser-known tale, Thidwick is too nice to say no to all the bugs and animals that want to live in his antlers. But this has some serious consequences, like not being able to get to the moose moss he needs to survive. And then some hunters from the Harvard Club come after him shooting guns! This is getting real. Luckily, Thidwick teaches us all a lesson that moose shed their antlers once a year, and the hunters kill all the animals nesting in his antlers inst ...more
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Apr 07, 2010 Ronyell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children ages 5 and up
“Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose” is one of Dr. Seuss’ earlier books and it is about how a kind hearted moose allows unwelcome guests to stay on his antlers until the guests become too unbearable for the poor moose to handle. Smaller children might be a bit disturbed by the ending, but “Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose” is still one of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved classics.

Dr. Seuss’ writing is awesome as he uses a rhyming prose to tell the story about the good-hearted moose, which makes this story ext
Thidwick the Moose allows a Bingle Bug to make itself at home in his antlers. Before long, a whole collection of creatures take up residence in his antlers causing Thidwick a great amount of discomfort and danger. In the end, he sheds his antlers and rids himself of his rude houseguests.

I liked the twist that involves Thidwick shedding his antlers. It comes at just the right point in the story as Thidwick's future looks hopeless with all of this animals atop his head. Though it is lengthy, this
Michelle McBeth
I was hoping for something a little different from this book. Thidwick, is a moose who is taken advantage of by every animal imaginable as they move in to their new home (Thidwick's antlers). They don't ask him. They simply move in. Soon it becomes a terrible problem for Thidwick, but he doesn't want to send his "guests away" even when it means he can't follow the herd and he must face starvation. Then the hunters come. He can't run because his antlers are now too heavy.

In the end, Thidwick doe
Josh Sonii
This book is about a very nice moose named Thidwick. He was the last in the line of moose looking for moss to munch. On his way he ran into a bingle bug that needed a ride. He decided to let it stay while he was looking for moose moss.The bingle bug began to allow other animals to stay on his horns. It started with a spider, then a bird, and after that two more birds. His fellow moose told him to get rid of them. He thought that would be to rude so he said no. All his friends said since you do n ...more
This is a Seuss story I missed in my childhood and only read for the first time this week. Somehow, it seems Dr. Seuss wrote a metaphor for 2014 way back in 1948.

Thidwick the moose is happy to give a ride on his horns to a little bug who asks nicely. No problem. Can't even feel him up there. And the spider who asks the bug if he thinks the moose would mind if he rode along, too? Thidwick probably wouldn't have noticed him up there, either. But it goes downhill from there as a bird builds a nest
Kathryn Cunningham
As Thidwick the moose follows his friends across the fields on the banks of the far northern shore of Lake Winna-Bango, munching on moose-moss, he encounters a friendly Bingle Bug in search of a ride. Being by nature a big-hearted fellow, he invites the bug to relax on his horns for awhile, never suspecting that this guest would soon turn into a pest. The bug invites a spider, the spider invites a bird, the bird invites his wife, and before long Thidwick's horns become a veritable "public hotel" ...more
Brooke Murray
This adorable book is about Thidwick. He lives up at Lake Winna-Bango with his other moose friends. Thidwick is so nice he ends up having a lot of guests living in his horns, including a woodpecker that started drilling into his horns! He needs to go across the lake so that he can get food, but all of the guests living in his horns say that he can't take their home away from them. Thidwick then starts getting shot at by hunters. The story ends like it should and makes you happy for Thidwick the ...more
Well gosh. I think the uninvited 'horn-guests' would have been better off if they'd been (politely) asked to leave. Thidwick shouldn't be teaching kids to be a doormat! And please note, these are antlers, not horns. Antlers shed & regrow annually, horns are permanent.
Tori Sato
Dr. Seuss does it again! Appealing to both children and adults, Seuss keeps you wondering how to be big-hearted and a good host, without being taken advantage of. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve. Thidwick never had to treat his guests poorly, but ended up escaping them because he had to shed his antlers. Kids should be taught to be kind and polite, but also to recognize when they are being taken advantage of and need to shed some "pesty" friends. And they don't need to be mean about ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Shannon
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The horrifying perils of politeness and thoughtfulness will keep you up at night.
Very funny and cute!
Skylar Burris
Jun 22, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think Curious George is imperialist literature
Shelves: childrens
Perhaps it's because I'm _not_ against hunting, but I really liked seeing, for a complete change of pace in the world of modern children's literature, some evil animals get stuffed by some morally neutral hunters by the end of a book.

No, this is not your usual evil hunter pursues pure and good animal cliché. But, there is indeed a pure and good animal in the tale, dear Thidwick the big hearted moose, who begins his journey as a doormat but finally gathers the backbone to hurl his uninvited gues
Di sebuah danau bernama Winna Bango di utara, hiduplah sekawanan rusa besar (yang dikenal dengan nama moose) yang sedang asyik mengunyah moose-moss. Di antara kawanan rusa itu, ada seekor yang bernama Thidwick. Ia adalah rusa yang memiliki hati paling baik dari semuanya.

Suatu hari, ada seekor serangga bernama Bingle Bug yang meminta kepada Thidwick, agar ia diizinkan untuk bertengger di tanduknya, karena ia sangat lelah. Thidwick yang baik hati mengizinkannya. Serangga itu pun bahagia. Lalu, see
Emma Weine
Another of the few Dr Seuss books that I always enjoy reading to my kids. I'm not a huge Dr Seuss fan and can count the number of his books I do like to read aloud to my kids on one hand, but when Dr Seuss gets it right, boy does he get it right! I couldn't help falling in love with dear, old Thidwick and my kids always love a good story where the underdog triumphs, so this one is a well-read, dog-eared, crayon-graffitied favourite in our library. Seuss conveys yet another important, much needed ...more
Thidwick the moose, similar to Horton the elephant, has a big heart and let's others take advantage of him. It worked out in the end, but it was not because of anything Thidwick did. People will walk all over you if you let them. Know when to say no. It is a lesson I learned to late in life.
Digging deep in the good dr.'s backlist for something the kids haven't heard a gazzilion times. They liked it. The rhyming in this one is pleasing, and the story has a sweet, gentle moral....and then the cold hearted gun toters show up to add a bit of edge and excitement. Fun and nostalgic.
Sami C
I really liked how this ended. Out of all the Dr Seuss books I've read, this one has to be one of my favorites. Poor Thidwich was being used and abused by "guests" who kept bringing in more unwelcomed pests to his antlers.

The ending made me triumphantly thump my fist onto the table.
Dominique Maderitz
This story I believe is one of Dr. Seuss's more enjoyable books. This book is about a moose named Thidwick who is overly welcome and nice and let's an animal live in his antlers. The animal who is living in his antlers then freely invites many other animals to live there as well. I really loved this book because in life sometimes people can take advantage of you if you do not stick up for yourself. I feel children ages 4 to any age could really enjoy and learn something from this story.

I was really into this book until the very end. Thidwick was so kind and forgiving to the creatures staying in his antlers that it was impossible not to love him! So of course when the creatures start endangering Thidwick, I was upset. It was really trying to watch Thidwick allow the creatures to prevent him from eating and running away from hunters! I was glad at the end. However, the ending was shocking, and I didn't really like how it ended. I mean, it was deserved, but for a kids book, I jus ...more
This one upset me. It gets two stars because everything worked out well for the moose, but I angered me that he took so much crap from those other jerk animals living on him.
An adorable story about boundaries and dealing with unwanted, uninvited, or pushy guests! This really resonated with me, as I find it hard to say no to people when they ask for help. Luckily I've never let it go as far as poor Thidwick does! The result is priceless, although surprisingly morbid.
Nikol Gordon
I love Dr. Seuss, and I am ashamed to admit that I had not read this book.... LOVED it! How can you not love Thidwick??
Kelsey Yates
The "guests" were awful. I found the last page creepy. I wish he had chosen to stand up for himself instead.
Sam Wojtaszek
Yay for moose shedding their antlers! You were quite relieved by the end.
Simon Wojtaszek
Thank goodness moose shed their antlers!
Melissa Housholder
Thidwick is the nicest moose around. He has no problem giving up his antlers for a few "guests" until those guests start getting really greedy. Thidwick still stays polite to his guests even though he is starving, has been banished from the other moose and is flat out miserable. In an interesting turn of events, Thidwick is being hunted by some men and is cornered. I think this is a good book to show how sometimes you can be too polite. I am a firm believer of not letting people walk all over yo ...more
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