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The Butter Battle Book (Classic Seuss)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,742 Ratings  ·  492 Reviews
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the iss ...more
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 12th 1984)
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Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

Lovely one

"In every Zook house and in every Zook town
every Zook eats his bread
with the butter side down!"

"The Boys in my Back Room invented
this rig
called the Eight‐Nozzled, Elephant‐
Toted Boom‐Blitz"
Archit Ojha
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Recommended and recited by my wife.

The battle lines are drawn and the fight gets real. There's a think tank working its way furiously to trump the enemy.

Yooks and Zooks and their different styles of applying butter on the bread.

The book inculcates respect and the very essential feeling of tolerance into children.

The unity in diversity.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dr. Seuss!!!
Butter Battle Book

6 stars!!!

Being a huge fan of Dr. Seuss’ works over the years, I was in that mode where I wanted to read everything that was written by him and I remembered reading “The Butter Battle Book” many years ago when I was little. Well, I stumbled upon “The Butter Battle Book” again when I got older and at first, I was a little hesitant about reading this book again because of its war themes and I usually do not like reading books about wars, but after reading this classic book by Dr. Seuss, I actual
We all are intimately familiar with the glorious rhyming and the honest joy of reading a Dr. Seuss book aloud. Considering some of the check-outs that my kindergartner has brought home this year - the kind I begrudgingly cracked open and read each night with the sort of over-taxed smile and forced lilt necessary to make it through the more inane children's books - seeing a Dr. Seuss was a great relief. One that I've never read or heard of to boot!

Unfortunately, the nightly recite until turn-in-t
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-children
I think it is one of his best!
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Children's Books w/a Message, Fables, Satirical Humor
Recommended to Julianna by: Readers Against Prejudice & Racism
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Butter Battle Book is another of Dr. Seuss's titles which reflect his activist side. Through satirical humor, he explores the ridiculousness and futility of war. The Yooks and the Zooks have an age-old disagreement over which way to eat their bread, butter side up or down, and as a result, they eventually start a war over it. They begin with sentries guarding the wall separating their borders which of course, could be taken as a metaphor for anything that separates us
Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Okay you are probably wondering why I am talking about this book. In my Language Arts class my students had to read "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss. Today I read "The Butter Battle Book" also by Dr. Seuss. The idea is they are to compare and contrast the two books. Needless to say my very knowledgeable sixth graders proceeded to tell me how the Butter Battle Book is actually a political story about the Cold War. I almost dropped my teeth. Why? A few years ago when I did a lesson on the Berlin Wall ...more
Skylar Burris
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is clearly a parable for nuclear proliferation, and no doubt Suess condemns it. However, there is no clear moral drawn in this story, and the events are left unresolved. What will happen? "We will see..." Therefore, the reader is left to draw his own conclusions. As a parent, you can "read" this any way you like with your child: the liberal can focus on the frivolity of war and the dangers of mutually assured destruction; the conservative can, in contrast, argue that peace will ensue betwee ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-cass
A very clever book, really impressed with this one. Shows how to respect somebody if they are different or if they believe in something you don't understand. It then goes on to show if you don't that hatred can turn into a conflict with each side building bigger and bigger weapons, until you end up in a stand-off with a big-boy-boomeroo. Really well done and it leads up to some very interesting discussions with the child you read it too.
Lee Thompson
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me and Rae loved this story. When we hit the end, she wanted to know "What happens?" and it was fun to tell her that it was up to the reader to determine what will happen. Does the Yook drop his bomb and kill himself and the Zook? Or what if the Zook drops his bomb first? Is the first one to drop his bomb surprised to find it is a dud? Will the Zook win, as he has every time before, and history prove that it is always repeating itself? Which way is the right way to butter your bread?
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love activist Seuss books. This book is good, but makes me a little perturbed. I want to laugh at the stupidity of it all, but it's not funny. In other Seuss books, like the Lorax, there's more of a child-like tone to the story. My kids felt the tension in this book and the oldest one even shouted, "Can they stop being weird and just hug. They need to stop fighting and get along." There you have it. Like many world problems, there is no resolve in this story. It left my kids a little irritated ...more
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars, 2008, dr-seuss
Another Seuss work with a social undertone, this one is about prejudice and war. Two groups hate each other for what amounts to a completely ridiculous reason, and each thinks they are better than the other. Through classic indoctrination, their governments feed citizens the ideas that they are different and must hate one another.

A random and rather juvenile act of violence instigates a full-assault war, and it is interesting to watch as the two sides compete to see who can build a better, more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A response to Cold War nuclear proliferation and mutually assured destruction as told through buttered toast.
Annie Chanse
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
Wow. Just wow. In all of my thirty one years, I have never actually read the Butter Battle Book. It must be one of the only Dr. Seuss books I've never read. I had no idea how dark and gritty it was going to be.

Keep in mind, it IS just a children's book, so it isn't like there is blood and guts and brains spilling out of cracked skulls or anything, but still... This book, short and silly though it may be, takes a hard, honest look at war and how out of control and dangerous it can become.

It was
Lynne Marshall
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect story for our world today.
Sandra Bašić
Not bad, but illustrations are great as always!
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
One of the most profound and powerful of Dr. Seuss's books. I would recommend it to politicians and men and women of the armed forces everywhere. Or even just those who like to quarrel and tend to let things get out of hand over heated emotion. *Sigh* I know war and fighting and a system of defense is important towards a countries "safety" and preservation or what not but by now after paying attention to history and war and all the blood that has been shed can we find a better way to solve our p ...more
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When I was a young girl, my father used to read Dr. Seuss books to me before bed. He would do accents and speak in a comforting rhythm that never failed to lull me to sleep. It’s one of my earliest memories of reading. And one of my fondest.

I knew once I found out I was going to be a mother that I would get to pass on that love of Dr. Seuss to my daughter. I’m confident it will turn into a tradition because my daughter loves to read Dr. Seuss to me; I can
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, 2014
Basic plot: The Yooks and Zooks escalate their battle over the all important question of which side of the bread should be buttered.

In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Lilliput wars with Blefuscu over whether an egg should be cracked at the little end or big end (I tend to crack them in the middle, suppose that makes me a complete heretic), but the symbolism implied that Swift was making fun of the fight over Catholicism vs. Protestantism between England and France. People are fighting abou
Dan Wilson
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Dr. Seuss fan, and my 5 year-old is, too. No exception here for either of us, though I (and my son, I think) don't think this is his best work. I remember being old enough when this book came out in 1984 to know that it was controversial, in part because it is a book for children that takes on the arms race (in the period when there was a Soviet Union, the made-for-TV movie The Day After, and Reagan "jokingly" announcing "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حرب الزبده النوويه...معقول في قصة أطفال كده؟!؟!؟

شعبين بنوا بينهم سور...اختلفوا مع بعض علشان واحد بيحط الزبده على التوست من فوق و التاني بيحط الزبده من تحت :D

ذكية و ممتعه جداً...زي كل قصص د/سوس :D

It's high time that you knew, of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do.
In every Zook house and in every Zook town every Zook eats his bread, with the butter side down!

In those day, of course, the Wall wasn’t so high and I could look any Zook square in the eye.

For a while that worked fine. All the Zo
Jeff Sehorn
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently discussing the allegory with my students. We are reading Animal Farm, as is the standard allegory fare. I thought I would mix it up a bit and throw them something they weren't expecting, so I chose The Butter Battle Book. As a small child, this wasn't one of my absolute favorite of Seuss's stories, but I still liked it. As an adult, I truly love and appreciate it. True, it does present a very simplistic view of a very complex problem, but it's a children's book. That's how they do ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This was a Dr. Seuss book I hadn't even heard of before finding it at the library last week. I can kinda see why. After reading it to my son, I'm not entirely sure it's a children's book. I don't mean in the sense of being "inappropriate" so much as just... cynical... and a bit too real, despite the fact that the entire argument in the battle stems from which side of the bread the butter should go on.

My husband immediately picked up on it being a Cold War parable, and it is... it's a fictional,
Megan Shields
This book is a political piece that is extremely relevant for kids. It is a chance to talk about how our voices can be misused and abused to hurt others, particularly if we are not carefully looking at how we stand on certain issues. After reading this book I would have students read more on the Cold War and have students read personal memoirs of people who lived during that time. After exploring the fears of that time and examining personal stories, I would have students write an "I was a witne ...more
Stefan Bocock
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally I loved "The Butter Battle Book" and this paragraph shows why. It is about 2 groups of creatures one group likes there bread with the butter spread under it and the other group likes there bread with there butter spread over it and because of there differences they go to war. But the part I liked was the contraptions they made they were so big and so crazy looking and every time they lost they would upgrade the contraptions and the words in the book even rhymed through out the whole s ...more
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. The ending really threw me for a loop, I turned the page and there was nothing more. I thought that maybe my book had had a page torn out or something, I just thought it was a little abrupt. I don't think that I would recommend this book, it wasn't nearly as cheery as most of Dr. Seuss' other books.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This children's book contains an amazingly powerful identifies a social flaw the way we often judge/look down on others(for ridiculousdifferences) and a wedge forms...grows and before you know it we have nuclear proliferation- Dr Suess style...yet there are no winners when it comes to is very profound way to examine our world and our world's history...a lesson never too early to learn- did I mention I liked this book?
Jack Beard
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about a yook and his grandpa's tale about he versus the zooks. They are having this rivalry about what side of the butter should be up. They have fought many times but who will win? I liked the book but I think it is just a little to boring for me. This book has no books in it's series. I rated this book a 4 out of 5. I really would say this is a okay book and it's a good one to start with.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Dr. Seuss awesome books. This one promotes that we're all the same, we're not different we're all humans. No matter how nationalities and counties make us look different, we're not. The implementation where Dr. Seuss showed that no matter what you do the other will do the same was as I think intended to make it look like we're equal.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read this to my kiddos. Son said he didn't like the ending. He asked, "Did someone rip a page out?" No, you've just entered a sometimes painful land known as Cliffhanger. LOL. But they both enjoyed it up to that point, discussing and dissecting the story as only children know how. I think, once he reads it again and thinks on it more, the ending won't bother him as much.
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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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