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Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss
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** spoiler alert ** Daisy-Head Mayzie was found as a script by Dr. Seuss's family after his death. First it was released as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. After the cartoon was aired, the original book version was released. I really dislike post humorous released books by famous authors. The author writes 100 words on the back of an envelope, decides that it needs significant work before they would ever put there name to it in public, and move on to create the fantastic books they are famous for. Just read about the thousands or re-writes and years of work it took for Mem Fox to produce the instant classic Where Is the Green Sheep?. Then the author dies. The family, agent, or publisher goes through their things and discovers this rough draft. Now should they respect the memory of the dead author by respecting their decision not to publish this work, or should they cash in? Well in this case they certainly cashed in...

The text of Daisy-Head Mayzie needs significant work. The rough bones of Dr. Seuss's usual rhyme and rhythm is there - but there are numerous occasions where the cadence breaks down and you are left floundering. The plot too needs smoothing over - the point at which Daisy gives up her fame is key - but really doesn't work.

The script the family found had only rough sketches - so someone else has drawn them. That someone else is not credited - which irritates me. The illustrations look typically Hanna Barbera - except for Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat who appears exceedingly out of place as the 'narrator'. There is no mention of the Cat in the book, and it seems to be the only purpose of Cat's appearance is to provide some semblance of a connection with Dr. Seuss.
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