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Daisy-Head Mayzie

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,088 ratings  ·  90 reviews
When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time--and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss! ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published January 11th 1995 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1994)
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Shelly
Of course I read this as a teenager, and I'm sure I loved it then, but I just re-read as an adult and it didn't dazzle me or excite me like I expect Dr. Seuss books to do. It was cute, but not cute enough for me. This sounds like a silly complaint, but it had tons of words, lol! Usually Dr. Seuss books are a little long, but each page is kind of short and sweet, kind of a little poem to itself almost. This didn't feel that way to me. The illustrations were good, but I think what I love about Dr. ...more
Suzanne Moore
I read this to first graders in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. They thought it was definitely strange to have a daisy growing out of the top of your head! Funny, I remember making daisy chain crowns as a girl to put in my hair.

After the teacher, principal, Daisy's parents and practically the whole town try to figure out what to do about it, Daisy becomes sort of famous for having this exceptional feature. It is soon obvious that money can't replace friends, and life at the top is lonely. When Ma
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Giselle Avina
I grew up with this book and it is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books ever! I love how each of his stories seem to have a profound social issue within them, in this case it was about a girl who forgot about her family and friends through the excitement of fame and fortune because of her strange "daisy head" condition. She eventually realizes that nothing is more valuable than her loved ones at home, and as a result the daisy disappears- only to reappear on occasion. The book's rhymes are enterta ...more
Ayanna Siders
This is a classic Dr. Seuss book. Mayzie is in class one day when a flower grows spontaneously from her head. This book shows her journey through fame and loneliness and everything in between. It covers everything from self acceptance, to untrustworthy individuals, to the importance of family.

This book is definitely more author centered, but there are some illustrative characteristics that are worth noting. For example, Mayzie's parents are not shown representing the typical gender roles. Her m
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Alex Martinez
This story by Dr. Suess is about a girl who one day has a daisy sprout out of her head. Everyone freaks out and tries to get rid of it, but they soon realize that Mayzie and the daisy are interconnected so closely that whatever happens to the daisy will happen to Mayzie. Everyone tries to help her out, but it is only Mayzie that can get rid of the daisy. And she did, but every once in a while the daisy makes another appearance.

This book is a really fantastic book. The pictures are so detailed,
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Julie Decker
Mayzie sprouts a Daisy from her head one day. No explanation, no apparent provocation; it just happens. She and the people in her life try to get rid of it, but it keeps coming back, and then when the media gets a hold of her she becomes a star. But that's not what Mayzie wants. What will she do?

The whimsical silliness of Dr. Seuss is present in the flower-sprouting girl, but when Mayzie longs for her former life, you don't really get a sense of why. What does she miss? What is she denied now th
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Ana
Baca sepintas, tentang sebuah bunga Daisy yang tiba-tiba tumbuh di kepala seorang gadis bernama Mayzie. Fenomena itu kemudian menjadi kehebohan dan diperbincangkan oleh semua orang.

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setelah browsing, ternyata ilustrasi di buku ini bukan dibuat sepenuhnya oleh Dr. Seuss. Karya ini dipublikasikan setelah Dr. Seuss meninggal, ditemukan dalam bentuk draft yang kemudian oleh keluarganya diputuskan untuk dipublikasikan dengan penambahan ilustrasi dan jalan cerita. Err..pantas saja sepertiny
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Melissa Frentsos
This book had a good message IIRC. However, the image of a daisy growing out of a girl's head, and then the girl letting the fame she ended up getting get to her head to the point she didn't care about anyone but the fame... among other things that I've now forgotten but know I didn't like about the book... Well, personally, even if it's true that it's stupid to let things get to your head, most young children wouldn't even really be able to relate to it. Most children do not even get famous lik ...more
Jason
I'm kind of thinking maybe there was a reason Seuss didn't want this published. The story feels rushed and uninspired, and the rhyme meter is terribly inconsistent. Here and there you catch glimpses of what "feels" like Seuss, but the rest is trying too hard. I kind of wonder if the manuscript was more incomplete than they're letting on, and someone else did some of the writing to fill in gaps. I could probably look it up, but I don't care enough about it.
Shayla
This book is about a girl who one day has a daisy sprout out of her head. Everyone freaks out and tries to get rid of it, but they soon realize that Mayzie and the daisy are interconnected so closely that whatever happens to the daisy will happen to Mayzie. Everyone tries to help her out, but it is only Mayzie that can get rid of the daisy. And she did, but every once in a while the daisy makes another appearance.
This book is a really fantastic book. The pictures are so detailed, and they fit w
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Swankivy
I read this while working in a bookstore, surprised that there was a Dr. Seuss book I hadn't come across before. (Turned out it was not published when I was a kid.) It was about a little girl who, for no apparent reason, has a daisy sprout from her head one day. It actually kind of disturbed me because of all the attempts to get rid of it not working out for Mayzie. The whole thing just kind of made me uncomfortable. It's also sort of amorphous how Mayzie gets swept away in a life of fame after ...more
Sassy
There are plenty of Dr. Seuss books that I have not read. Like many authors I like, I've challenged myself to read all of them.

Daisy-Head Mayzie is special though. I never really liked her story. I distinctly remember reading it and never finishing more than half, even as a child. It's too busy, there is a whole lot going on and the people are freaking out waaaaay too much about a flower growing out of a little girl's head. It's wordy.

Even reading it this time around (and finally finishing) I
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Shelby L.
One of my favorite Dr.Seuss books!!

When I was a little girl my mom always used to read this to me and I have loved it ever since. Now as a future educator I can't wait until Seuss week so I can share this book with my students.

Most Dr.Seuss books don't actually tell a story, but this one does. It tells a story while still having a rhyming theme to it. I would definitely use this book for younger classrooms because it has such a young student aspect to it. I also think it would be a great book
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Velinda Ivie
Surprisingly this story challenged my group of 3rd graders to read. They enjoyed it. We read it as a Reader's Theater and they instantly realize it was a Dr. Seuss book. We then read the story (book form) followed by a read aloud on YouTube.
Jennifer Mackintosh
This is the book my son brought home from the library this week and at first I was excited. Dr. Seuss is always good.

Except this time it wasn't. The poetry was badly scanned and the story really wandered.

Enlightenment hit. This book was actually written by someone else after Dr. Seuss died. It's based on a partial manuscript they found in his belongings.

People think it's easy to write a kid's book but it's not. Seuss has been compared to Shakespeare and with good reason. The rhythm and flow of l
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Rose
Boring. My 4 and 6 y.o. did not care for it either. Not really Seuss-like... story suddenly had a moral that didn't really even go anywhere.
Emkoshka
My favourite Seuss books are the ones that have some narrative thread, like this one. Nonsensical rhymes get old pretty quickly and the tongue twisted too! The illustrations in this were also a lot more detailed and diverse. This was a sweet story about a girl who sprouts a daisy atop her head and then contends with fame, fortune and wondering whether anyone still loves her. I loved the archways of books in Principal Grumm's office and got a kick out of Mayzie's Mum being an engineer.
Taylor
I think this book would be good for Elementary students,but Preschool students it's hard to get them to understand all of it.
Diana Pettis
I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss books. I read this one to two students this week who fell in love with it as well. Loved it!
Becky H.
one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Poor Mayzie had daisy sprout on top of her head. Oh what to do...
Ginny Daniels
Strange ending. Used this book to practice prepositional phrases with first graders.
Haley
Rhyming
This book is incredibly long but does have good rhyming in it.
Lisse
In honor of Dr. Seuss week (and at my mom's suggestion - she's an elementary teacher celebrating Seuss week with her students), this is my fourth Seuss book. I thought this was a cute idea...a daisy growing out of Mayzie's head and what people think should happen b/c of that. I think Seuss did a good job of showing how fame and money can't buy you love or happiness. It's great how he can put such nice values in such silly books. And I am very impressed reading his books as an adult at how he cou ...more
Melenia Gibson
Not my favorite but a good children's book
AJayatileke
Read it with my 7 year old. We had a good laugh!
Abby Chappell
When I was little, my mom used to call me "Daisy-Head Mayzie". For Dr. Seuss Day at school I even dressed like her. This is my favorite Dr. Seuss because of the lesson it teaches about embracing who you truly are.
Ian
An allegory that reaches for everything but grabs nothing.
Alice
It is no secret that I am not a die hard Dr. Seuss fan...but this was actually pretty good. I like that is rhymes and it doesn't have made up words like diffendoofer and gootch (that is my Chief Dislike of Seuss, the made up words and the unattractive, strange looking characters. As with all Seuss Books their tends to be some sort of message or political commentary...and guess this one is??? I am not sure. I could be about loving yourself, even if a daisy is growing from your head....Oh well if ...more
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