An interesting take on the typical alphabet book - why do most people only learn the first 26 letters? What about the rest of them?
Like all Seuss rhymAn interesting take on the typical alphabet book - why do most people only learn the first 26 letters? What about the rest of them?
Like all Seuss rhyme and rythmn are really important - and these are destroyed by non-US pronunciation of Z (ie zed, not zee) and zebra. Pronounciation difference have caused issues for me with Seuss before - but never in such a prominent and repeated way....more
I'm also reading Dr. Seuss Goes to War The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. His treatment of the Japanese prior and during World War II really shocked me, given his political cartoons were published in a left-leaning PM newspaper - and the man himself even at the time was pointing out the human rights of "People of Colour" and Jews. This book forms his mea culpa - you'll note the dedication to "My Great Friend, Mitsugi Nakamura of Kyoto, Japan"....more
Surely "'bout two hundred" stacked turtles should make it into the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.... And Yertle had the single-minded vision to ensurSurely "'bout two hundred" stacked turtles should make it into the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.... And Yertle had the single-minded vision to ensure his record was nearly uncontestable by stacking "'bout five thousand, six hundred and seven" turtles. Focus and determination such as this is are admirable qualities which should be encouraged in our children so they can all become elite sportspeople and entrepreneurs...
Wait... that was the moral that everyone else is talking about isn't it?
As usual fantastic rhythm, rhyme from Dr. Seuss. Like many of the 'Yellow-backed' books this also delivers important morals (in this case the dangers of despotism and vanity.
Like all things, the Simpsons has been here, and has an appropriate quote: "Possibly the best book ever written on the subject of turtle stacking." Lisa Simpson (episode: Lisa the Simpson originally aired 8 March 1998)...more
I love the yellow-back Dr Seuss books the best - the older audience allows more complicated plot development, vocabulary and sentence structures.
StealI love the yellow-back Dr Seuss books the best - the older audience allows more complicated plot development, vocabulary and sentence structures.
Stealing eggs from rare birds around the world would probably be rejected by a publisher today... But I think with a smidge of parental guidance you might have a budding ornithologist on your hands, let alone the chance to use this as an excuse to have some fun in the kitchen!...more
If I Ran the Zoo is my favourite Dr Seuss book, so I was keen to read its younger sibling.
In all I felt Zoo was a better book. Circus continues the grIf I Ran the Zoo is my favourite Dr Seuss book, so I was keen to read its younger sibling.
In all I felt Zoo was a better book. Circus continues the grand tradition of fanastic rhyme, rhythm and tongue twisters, but I liked the animals and adventures in Zoo better than the circus tricks of Circus. ...more
I’m a fan of the James Bond movies – but have never ventured into the novels. It was with some trepidation that I decided to read Casino Royale – woulI’m a fan of the James Bond movies – but have never ventured into the novels. It was with some trepidation that I decided to read Casino Royale – would reading the novels ruin my enjoyment of the movies?
My view of this book was coloured by seeing the 2006 movie, directed by Martin Campbell starring Daniel Craig, which I quite enjoyed. Generally I have found that most movies-of-the-novel are not nearly as good as the original novel. An 1 ½ hour movie just seems to stuggle to include all of the plot of a full-sized novel, and the movies end up being slightly longer versions of the back flap – which always makes storylines seem ridiculous (e.g. Power of One and I’m told Lord of the Rings). Casino Royale deviates from this generalisation – the movie crams in more plot than the relatively short (213 page) book includes.
Something I felt the movie was missing was an adequate explanation of the rules of the card game (Poker in the movie, Baccarat in the book). This card game forms the heart of the story – and knowing the rules puts you in a much better position to understand the odds, bluffing and psychology that apparently makes gambling interesting. And this from someone who doesn’t enjoy gambling or understand any cardgame except 500.
In all I much prefer the movie, although the book still gets 4 stars. The movie has more plot twists and turns, a gadget or two (although not nearly as many as in the Pierce Brosnan days), a more international feel (including Ugandan rebels was genius), and the blatant and offensive misogyny of the book is toned down to an acceptable level. ...more
**spoiler alert** One of my favourite books of all time.
There are two major sections to the book:
Section 1: Discovering how the vast majority of peopl**spoiler alert** One of my favourite books of all time.
There are two major sections to the book:
Section 1: Discovering how the vast majority of people become suddenly blind, and learning about the history of the triffids.
I love the Cold War intrigue of the history of the triffids (and probably the ‘comets’ as well) – the story of their release adds a little James Bond to the story.
The relative subtly of the blindness that is caused – most ‘end of the world’ books use more direct methods (War of the World’s heat-ray and gas, Where the Wind Blows’ nuclear destruction and winter). It adds that extra element of triage to the story.
Section 2: Beginning a new life.
Many people may see this as a depressing story – the deaths of the majority of the population, the destruction of society as we know it, the slow crumbling of the human infrastructure… However I saw it more hopeful light – with elements of:
1. The desert island story (Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, Castaway etc). Yes the shipwreck/plane crash was bad, but it is important not to dwell on it too much if you want to survive. How does someone who comes from a modern civilised society with much specialisation of jobs deal with having to fend completely for themselves – how do they learn to get food, shelter, transportation, etc. A major difference with Triffids is that the narrator (Bill) is fairly certain from the start that there will be no rescue.
2. The pioneer story (Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars series, the Pilgrims on the Mayfair, Brigham Young’s settlement of Utah, and the New Australia. How do you create a society from an isolated group of people that will be successful in the long term?
I like Bill as a narrator. I like that it is written almost as a memoir . It much reduced the potentially depressing nature of the book to know that the protagonist was going to survive.
I was however disappointed that the quality of board book version I bought. Board books are designed to live a hard life with aLove the classic story.
I was however disappointed that the quality of board book version I bought. Board books are designed to live a hard life with a young child - but X-man began destroying this book within 10 seconds of picking it up. The board itself is pretty soft - easily indented with a bite. The surface layer (with the printing on it) is a shiny surface, which easily comes away from the soft board. Thus after one read this book now has significant portions of the back cover missing the illustrations and the upper section of the binding has disappeared into X-mans digestive system. Admittedly X-man really is a little young for this story. Maybe when he grows a little he will show his love for the book in more appropriate (and less destructive) ways... But nevertheless I felt it left a bit to be desired - particularly because it is possible to make a completely indestructable board book (check out the Touchy-Feely Books (That's not my...) ...more
As the cover says - Vintage Seuss - ie it contains some very non-PC ideas. I love the Seuss rhyme. X-Man finds this book a bit long at this stage. AlsAs the cover says - Vintage Seuss - ie it contains some very non-PC ideas. I love the Seuss rhyme. X-Man finds this book a bit long at this stage. Also he gets frustrated he's not allowed to eat it because it is a library book....more
I was scared off this story by Previews of the 2000 movie version - another Jim Carey-in-a-mask movie. (let alone the Previews of the 2003 Cat in theI was scared off this story by Previews of the 2000 movie version - another Jim Carey-in-a-mask movie. (let alone the Previews of the 2003 Cat in the Hat movie!).
So I came to this book with some sceptisim - but it is Christmas time and it was just sitting there on the library shelf!
I was pleasantly suprised. The Dr Seuss rhyme and rhythm is there, although it seems not as pronounced as If I Ran The Zoo. The anti-consumerism sentiment was agreeable (after emptying a letterbox full of junkmail!). The storyline was much more complex than the previous Dr Seuss X-man and I have read, it well and truly went over his head (given he doesn't yet understand the idea of Christmas).