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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

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Dr. Seuss. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? New York: Random House, [1973]. First edition, first printing. Quarto. 47 pages. Publisher's binding.

Illus. in full color. Children will be cheered just contemplating the outrageous array of troubles they're lucky they don't have.
Hardcover, First Edition, First Printing, 47 pages
Published September 12th 1973 by New York: Random House (first published September 12th 1972)
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Dec 07, 2014 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dr. Seuss fans!!!
Dr. Seuss

Now, I have read many popular children’s books written by none other than Dr. Seuss, but I was surprised to have stumble upon this classic called “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” Out of all of the Dr. Seuss books I had read over the years, this was the one that I have never even heard of before and I was interested in reading this book and see if it holds up to Dr. Seuss’ other great works. Well, it turns out that it DOES measure up to Dr. Seuss’ other great works and I was quite pleased
Jun 19, 2008 Eveline rated it it was amazing
"When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad… You should do what I do! Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky! Some people are much more…Oh, ever so much more…Oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!" This is my favorite Dr. Suess book. I have a slew of favorites, but I felt this one needed to be added. This little paragraph from the book reminds me that... well the obvious.
Since I’m from the Netherlands I didn’t read them as a child, t
Shelly Van Allen
Dec 06, 2012 Shelly Van Allen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nostalgia
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? gave me my first taste of existential angst around the tender age of four. I was looking over my Dad's shoulder at that picture of a lonely, bent coat hanger suspended from a fraying piece of twine over a rocky gorge on a seemingly uninhabited world. I felt so bad for that hanger, and I wanted to do whatever it took to avoid its fate.

I turned out fine.

Childhood existential crisis aside, this book carries a lot of great lessons and, as with all of Dr. Seus
Jan 08, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of imagination & creativity.. I guess reading this book, would also save grown ups from depression!
Tyler Jones
Oct 01, 2015 Tyler Jones rated it really liked it
If you must read this book
then you're very lucky
You don't have to read
a book twelve times more yucky.

True, there are no zombies
or heroes heroic
instead there's philosophy
(they tell me it's "stoic").

So if you don't like it
don't stomp, yell, and curse
just try to remember -
it could have been worse.
Sarah Jarvis
Oct 18, 2015 Sarah Jarvis rated it liked it
I am generally I big fan of Dr. Seuss books, but this one fell flat for me. I was hoping for a book that illustrated the many wonderful things we experience in every day life, instead it was a book about how horrible life could be. Even that would have some value in helping kids to appreciate what they have, but because the horribleness takes place in silly, make believe places in silly, unrealistic ways it becomes difficult to bridge the text to real life. I know that this being a Dr. Seuss boo ...more
Becca Buckman
Nov 05, 2011 Becca Buckman rated it really liked it
The unforgettable Dr. Seuss did it again with his book "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are". The rhyming texts and unique characters remind each reader to focus on the good parts of life and never feel down about anything. The reader is transformed to far-away places in order to understand optimism. This story fits into the controlled vocabulary genre of picture books.

a.) A strength from this book comes from the wild characters and comedic language to present a valuable lesson for every read
Dec 31, 2015 Starbubbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
This was great, and I can see why I bought it a few years ago. It's a wonderful reminder that things could always be worse, and are for some people. Being grateful is something to remember to be, and who better to put that to words than Dr Seuss?
Mar 19, 2016 Iroquois rated it liked it
Not his best work lol.
That being said, his best work is so awesome that this, his "meh" work, is still good enough for 3 stars. The cover and title alone are the best part.
Mary Kate
Sep 18, 2015 Mary Kate rated it really liked it
This book was awesome!!! I loved it! Let me just say- I'm so glad I am none of the people in this book XP Haha. Great book(:
Kassandra Miller
Aug 08, 2014 Kassandra Miller rated it it was amazing
It's Dr. Seuss...what more could you ask?

My son and I read this over and over and over.
Mackenzie Peter
Mar 20, 2015 Mackenzie Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3-5-lit
Genre- Poetry
In this uplifting poetry book, Dr. Seuss creates a story with unconventional words to rhyme and take the readers to an outlandish world. Dr. Seuss explains to the readers that they may think they are not lucky but actually some people have it much worse. While people around the world do have it much worse than the children reading this book, this is a great children's book to tell them they are lucky and have a few laughs reading it.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? starts out
Apr 26, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are is a charming book full of rhymes targeted at any age and is aimed at lightening the mood and bringing a positive mindset to anyone who may be feeling down in the dumps. With the charming rhymes and the popping illustrations it is sure to remind everyone just how lucky they truly are while having fun reading. I would teach this in my classroom and in any classroom really, I think everyone should be reminded how lucky they truly are and how positivity is real ...more
Jordan Davidson
May 23, 2015 Jordan Davidson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-355
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Dr. Seuss
Random House, 1973

Summary: Duckie is having a terrible day and feeling quite sorry for himself. In the midst of his wallowing, he encounters an “old man in the Desert of Drize” who chides him for his self-pity. He explains that his life could be much, much worse, and then gives a lengthy explanation of the creatures he knows of who are “muchly much-much unluckier” than Duckie is.

Genre: Picture Book.

Content Warnings: Misfortunes, sad situations, gene
Jun 30, 2016 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books
Wow, this was a terrible book. My daughter picked it up at the library while we were there, so we sat down to read it. While my husband hates the nonsensical aspects of Dr. Seuss, I don't mind it. I don't mind the made up words or the tongue twisters either, but it has to be easy to read.

This book combines all the things my husband hates about Dr. Seuss in to one book. It was so hard to read because there were so many made up words in illogical structures to make a confusing tongue twister. My
May 16, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
This was a typical Dr. Seuss book that had bizarre characters and outrageous rhymes. I enjoyed the illustrations and seeing what crazy thing would be on the next page. It wasn't my favorite book of his though, but I'd still recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Dylan J.
Apr 20, 2016 Dylan J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-seuss
This book is written in the typical Dr. Seuss style with fun rhymes and words that are great for any child. This book is a great pick me up for any child who thinks that he or she is not enough or isn't special. The book begins with a boy who finds a wise old man in the Desert of Drize. The message in the book is to tell children that it could always be worse and to be happy with what they have. This book made me smile because I used to always think that I had it bad until I took a job deliverin ...more
May 02, 2015 Devan rated it it was amazing
A young boy meets an old wise man, who wants to show this boy just how lucky he is. He goes on to describe different people with different homes, jobs, and lives. Although everything is funny and silly, he shows the boy that he really is lucky because he has a good life.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was very cute and fun, and something I would love to read to my students. There were lots of illustrations and colors, there were many elements on each page, so many that
Tricia Pham
This is a story about different lives of different people. The colors are vibrant and big and really well drawn, more on the realistic and imaginative. It is teaching kids that even though you are having a bad day, or week or month your life is not as bad as it seems. This is a great lesson to teach kids. About respect for others and themselves, no matter what or where they are from.
If I were to introduce this book to my class, it would have to be for reasons like teaching them about manors and
Feb 23, 2016 Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
"Did I ever tell you how lucky you are" is the story about a boy learning about how lucky he really is from a wise old man sitting on a cactus. The whole book goes through this list of things and people who have it much worse than this boy does. By the time they get to the end of the list of terrible situations at the end of the book the old man tells the boy, Duckie, that he is truly lucky with the life he has. I love Dr. Suess books. They are so much fun, yet are able to tell a story and teach ...more
Karissa Olson
I thought this was a cute read and is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. This book is about a young boy named Duckie who has an unforgettable conversation with a man in the desert of drize. The man told him many different stories of people who had a much harder life then he had. He told Duckie to think about this when ever he is feeling sad, or mad or anything bad. I feel like this is one of Dr. Seuss stories that make children think. While it is a fun read it allows students to think about oth ...more
Codi Ebert
Feb 13, 2015 Codi Ebert rated it really liked it
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?:

First of all, any Dr. Seuss book I have ever read I have always enjoyed. Personally, I never have read this one until today and it went to the top part of my list of Dr. Seuss books. It has such a great meaning behind it, something wonderful that students can learn from it. Through out the book a character shows how this other character is so much luckier than other characters. It goes to show to be blessed with what you have and be glad with what you have.
Jan 04, 2012 W rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite Dr. Seuss book. I love the clever rhymes, the funny stories, and the drawings. It is the best of his books and I'm surprised it doesn't get more recognition. I'd recommend this book wholeheartedly to everyone and anyone. =D
Nov 04, 2013 Seawater rated it liked it
Read this to my friend over Skype. Growing up these books were just not his type.
It makes me so sad... a childhood without Seuss must have been bad.
This wasn't one of Dr. Seuss best books. I still enjoyed the rhyming and the relatively simplistic story lines but I was a bit disappointed in the message.

Overall not his best. :(
Oct 22, 2012 بشرى rated it really liked it
Really really liked it, but not as much as Oh, the Places You'll Go! !!
Michelle McBeth
Dec 12, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
I love this book! In this story, a boy walking through the desert meets a guru sitting on top of cactus. He tells the boy that when he thinks things are bad he should think about how lucky he is because so many people are "muchly much-much more unlucky than you." All the examples the guru gives are nonsensical so you don't feel dragged down by sad stories.

Any book that tells children to look on the bright side is a great message. This book is advertized for grades k-4. The story is more mature
Dec 07, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their kids
Great story that really makes you want to think about all that you have and appreciate your lot in life. Our girls really enjoyed this book.
Heather Morgan
Aug 04, 2016 Heather Morgan rated it it was amazing
This book deftly defies anger and entitlement. Its made up words, embellished settings and fantastical characters are just too close to home to dismiss as "just for kids." As an adult reading this to kids, you can't help but recognize an old boss or coworker, a news headline, or a tragic, true story. I once read this for my daughters, even though my mind was elsewhere and my heart was not in bedtime at all. It turned from feeling like a chore into a pleasure in very few pages. Always good to be ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
As with all Dr Seuss books you really need to read them out loud (or a small whisper) to catch the flow of the words.
My mom was never a fan of Dr. Seuss but this little book has been around since I was really small and I used to flick through the pages often, enough to have the book falling apart in 2015.
Now that I'm reading it as an adult I have to confess it doesn't send the best message to kids. Instead of a 'count your blessings' lesson it asks the boy (Duckie) to compare himself to those le
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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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“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad...
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you're really quite lucky!
Some people are much more...
oh, ever so much more...
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
“Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France
Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance
To escape from the perilous pants eating plants
But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy
You ought to be shouting how lucky am I”
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