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The Lorax

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  222,032 Ratings  ·  3,038 Reviews
"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresistible mini-edition, perfe ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1971)
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Petra Eggs
January 2015

A one-paragraph review of a children's book I didn't like has generated more trolls and their inevitable sock puppet alteregos than any other of my reviews, I've lost count of the number of them. I delete some of their comments, some delete their own (and their profiles), some GR do. But what is there about this review or about the book that generates this kind of over-the-top reaction from obviously mentally-unstable individuals?

Maybe I'm just not a Dr. Seuss person but I hate
Apr 18, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
You can have your Silent Spring and Inconvenient Truth. The Lorax and his lesson of unless is, to me, the most moving piece of environmental literature ever. It shows that a) good children's literature doesn't have to be simplistic or happy to be effective and b) that you certainly need not be a member of a political group to appreciate the message that our drive to industrialize must not happen at the expense of our planet.
Archit Ojha
Jan 14, 2017 Archit Ojha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks

Oh Lorax, what did we make of your world.

Your beasts that were,

The trees that were dear.

The Lorax project is a commendable effort on behalf of Dr. Seuss Enterprise and Random House.

Apprises the children of the fact that they just might be the last generation seeing a lot of things.
“The Lorax” is one of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable books as it is about the importance of taking care of all of the trees in the world. “The Lorax” may have some controversial issues, but it is still a great book for both children and adults to treasure for many years.

Dr. Seuss’ story about how chopping down too many trees can destroy the Earth’s environment is truly powerful and moving as it realistically portrays what can happen to the environment when trees are cut down through Dr. Seuss’ childi
Oct 16, 2016 le_fino rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, american-20th-c
Now who would have thought that Seuss back in the 60’s would have already been concerned about the destruction of the environment – so much so that he wrote this incredible and addictive story (asked for by my son two to three times a week). My kid is always asking me about the Once-ler “Why can’t we see his body? Why did he make the Barba-loots go away? Why did he cut down the Truffula tree? What is a Thneed?” The lessons are so simple and yet so subtle here – and it is great on so many differe ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Hate to see less than 5 Stars for a Seuss!

I'm taking my Grand-girl to the the movie [her first IMAX] today and remembered I should rate in GR.

I was raised on Seuss, my kids were raised on Seuss and now a third generation. What is not to love?

Happy Reading!
Robert Bickers
Sep 16, 2011 Robert Bickers rated it it was amazing
Ok, so it's a heavy-handed enviromental terror-tale. It's also the Seuss book that stuck with me the longest. Of all the books I read as a little kid, it's the one that I still remember making me feel something.

I'm a conservationist-not an environmentalist by any stretch. The Lorax didn't teach me to hate industry or chew on organically-sustainable bark. It taught me to care about nature. To this day, decades after I read and re-read it, the drawing of the barren wasteland still gets to me.
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not!
Nov 28, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing
I love books by Dr. Seuss in general, but The Lorax is definitely and by far my absolute favourite!

Now, for any who have seen the film and not read the book yet, I should say that the book is slightly different, because the story is slightly shorter, which would not have worked for a movie.

Nevertheless, or maybe exactly because of this, the book with its' magnificently cute drawings and wonderful rhymes is even more beautiful.
A very important book to teach people (not just kids) about the impor
Skylar Burris
May 28, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This gets five stars for being beautifully written, and one for being heavy handed, which averages out to four for me. I'm a conservationist, but there is no nuance in The Lorax's presentation of environmentalism: the book simply demonizes business.

The Once-ler is an extreme negative caricature of the capitalist: what he offers society as an entrepreneur is not valuable in any way, he has no regard for anything but his own profit, and he proceeds with reckless abandon. Of course, in a world tha
Oct 27, 2007 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
So, I understand that this book was written a long time ago, before this kind of environmental fairy tale was popularized, and perhaps when it was needed more. But it still seems like a total straw man (hello? can't you just plant your own grove of sustainable truffula trees?). And does the Lorax have to be such a jerk about everything? Maybe he could propose some sort of compromise . . . I guess as a kids' book it's supposed to be simple for kids to understand, but kids aren't that dumb. I like ...more
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Author/Illustrator: Dr Seuss
First published: 1971

The ankle-biter had seen the animated movie The Lorax with her cousins and was keen to read the book. I was wary because a) I understood the movie was substantially different to the book, and b) her reading ability (vocab and comprehension) IMO surpassed Dr Seuss. BUT she'd been "studying" Dr Seuss at school in relation to poetry so I picked up the book and mo
Apr 13, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing
*After watching and reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss*

Pollution is one of the major problems of the world.
Pollution that is brought by thousands of reasons.
One of those reasons include: millions of trees being chopped down (not just in one forest) causing smog to constantly spread and form in numerous parts of the world.
And at some point or another, we will begin to realize that having water and fresh air of high quality, in the amount we wish, and whenever we wish to use it, will become extremely
Mar 03, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of three parts: 1. My son's review (5 years old), 2. My daughter's review (8 years old), and 3. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts from the full review. To see the whole thing, visit us at :)


What I liked and disliked about it: I liked the funny, interesting names like Lorax and Once-ler. I liked the Truffula trees – they look like long stumps with hair. I didn’t like that the Once-ler was cutting the trees because the tree
Feb 11, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
Has nobody read this book? All these years and we are still chopping down trees, creating loads of pollution and happily killing off animals.

This has to be Dr. Seuss's most serious book, he tones down the silliness and tries to get across his warning. The illustrations are wonderful, the start is so bleak and drab, all shades of grey and once the story gets told the colours are so vivid they jump out of the page at you, only for you to watch the grey come back as the trees get cut down.

Feb 27, 2009 Taylor added it
never polute, RIGHT ON
Apr 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
It's been many years since I read this book and I was actually hugely impressed. First, it's simply brilliant Dr. Seuss in terms of the writing style and illustrations--gotta love the fishies and bears and that cute little Lorax--and did anyone notice how Grinch-y the Once-ler's hands looked!?--and the rhymes and "nonsense" words that really make so much SENSE. Gosh, I love me some Dr. Seuss! And I love that, in the end, it is a young person who is entrusted with shaping the world--yay, empowere ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3.0 stars. Another classic Dr. Seuss installment. Not up to the level of his best work (e.g., The hat wearing cat, the grump and the emerald breakfast with ham) but still a fun one to read to the kids.
Dec 10, 2015 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Children's Fiction w/a Message
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I've been a huge fan of Dr. Seuss since childhood, but there are many of his books that I didn't get a chance to read as a child. The Lorax is one of them. I first read it several years ago with my own kids. That's when I realized Dr. Seuss was far more than a writer and illustrator of humorous, whimsical picture books. He was a man with a lot of depth, who cared deeply about things like social and environmental issues. After initially reading The Lorax, I knew I had to l
Sirajam Munir Shraban
চমৎকার একটা ফযানটাসির জগৎ। গাছগুলো সব চকলেটের মতো। অসমভব সুনদর সুনদর রঙ তাদের! গাছের পাতা থেকে রেশমের মতো সুতা পাওয়া যায়। কিনতু এই চমৎকার রঙিন দিন এখন অতীত :( । বরতমানে কোনো গাছই আর পৃথিবীতে অবশিষট নেই। কী ছিল সেই কাহিনী, কেন সব শেষ হয়ে গেল? ছনদে ছনদে বলা আছে এখানে। এই বইটিকে ভিততি করে একটি এনিমেটেড চলচচিতর নিরমিত হয়েছিল। মুভিটাও দারুণ হয়েছিল। [পিডিএফ লিঙক] ...more
What a brilliant way to teach kids about environmental awareness! The story of Lorax and his attempt to protect his fellow animals for the loss of their livelihood is just heartbreaking. Written in vivid rhymes it also is a pleasure to read it aloud. Even as an adult I enjoyed reading it a lot and it won't be the last time I did.
Michael J.J. Tiffany
Jan 18, 2008 Michael J.J. Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Classic social and economic treatise on the tragedy of the commons and the futility of environmentalist agitation in the absence of property rights.
Mar 21, 2015 Philip rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Philip by: Timothy Krecsmar
The Lorax is not a story about the environment, it's a story about economics.

I had never read The Lorax before yesterday, and I hadn't watched the movie. In class, we're studying economics when another teacher said, "hey could I bring in The Lorax tomorrow?"

Obviously, I'm familiar with Dr. Seuss - and the book, but I'd never read it. Still, I trust this other teacher who has yet to let me down. "Sure, bring it in."

The rest of this review is going to be a 7th grade social studies lesson, meant t
Rachel T.
Apr 07, 2008 Rachel T. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Awesome
The book that I read was "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess.This book is very inspiring to people of all agaes to start caring about the environment, and stop caring about themselves. The main characters in this book would have to be the Lorax and the Onceler. The Onceler is a man looking for meaning in life, or to start a business. He sees this beautiful land and decides he will use the lands resources to start a business....well lets just see what the Lorax thinks of this!
When the Onceler finds this b

Age 8 read 'The Lorax': Cried.

Age 10 saw the 1972 Lorax movie:
Watched the screen, rapt and inspired for the whole 25 minutes. Proceeded to go home and cry.

Age 16 saw the 2012 Lorax movie:
Was oldest person in cinema but still watched the screen, rapt and inspired for the 86 minutes running time. Admittedly cried *quietly* in back row.

In all seriousness, there are some books that shape people. This is mine.
Others can talk of the educational benefits of te
Aug 26, 2014 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is the Lorax? The only person who knows is the Once-ler who has lived in the Street of the Lifted Lorax where the Grickle-grass grows for many years ... and he is not telling or letting you see more than an arm, or tentacle, of the Lorax,

The Once-ler will, however, tell the story of the Lorax over the lengthy Whisper-ma-Phone for a small fee that is passed up to his lofty domain in a bucket.

Apparently the Lorax had words with the Thneed over the destruction of the beloved Truffula Trees. Th
Arch Bala
Jan 18, 2016 Arch Bala rated it really liked it
To read this book is both an honor and responsibility. Dr. Seuss had this talent to influence and raise awareness, which up until now is timely and relevant to the world. This just show us, the world rather, that if we’re confident in helping each other on reviving our dying planet – we can rest assured that our planet will become beautiful again with its heart totally beating. Thank you. - Pia Malonzo Hatchbach.


Seriously, from where I grew up, we don't do children's books and my niece Mari
Megan Baxter
Aug 03, 2015 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it
Of course, this all leads to the question, how do you review a picture book? They're short, they're mostly pictures, and I'm pretty much the opposite of a visual thinker. (Doesn't mean I can't see the pictures when I'm reading, but it does mean I'm unlikely to retain more than a very fuzzy memory.) (Seriously, I've filled out questionnaires for the aphantasia study going on right now, and everything.)

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enfo
Jacob Hablewitz
Sep 20, 2016 Jacob Hablewitz rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
The Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss, was a very good children's book. I read it to Donald, a toddler, yesterday, and he enjoyed the book as well. The story is very entertaining, and is also a very easy read that teaches many good lessons. I think the most important theme of this book was to think about your actions in an unselfish way.

There was once a field of Lorax trees. As the town grows, so does the want and need for money. A business began making everything out of
Keri Payton
Nov 28, 2013 Keri Payton rated it it was amazing
This is the story of how the Lorax was lifted away. Read this book and come to understand you just may.

I had never heard - or at least had no memory - of 'The Lorax' before I saw the posters for the upcoming film adaptation. He was a strange orange sight I didn't understand. Now I've read his story and I intend to do so again and again.

This is a story of financial gain at the cost of the environment. It is a tale of greed and redemption. It shows us the benefits in standing up for others and not
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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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