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Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A Biography about Theodor Geisel and his transformation from a doodler into the beloved Dr. Seuss. Little Ted Geisel always had a sketchpad and pencil in hand. He was a Boy Scout with a penchant for creating zany creatures. He grew up with a love of books and words from his mother, and his inventor father spawned a wildly imaginative and perfectionist side. It’s no wonder ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 6th 2015)
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Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
First sentence: It is a beautiful day in La Jolla, California. A writer and artist is at work in his studio. A telephone rings. A reporter is calling with big news. The writer has won a big award for his books. It is the Pulitzer Prize. The writer is Ted Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

Premise/plot: This step into reading (level 3) title is a biography of Dr. Seuss. It is beautifully illustrated. There is a lot of text per page, but it is written in an engaging style for the most part.

My thoug
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on hold for a long time. I loved reading Dr. Seuss books to my three sons. I loved his illustrations, and his goofy characters. This book tells about Ted going from a doodler to writing and illustrating children's books. The books to teach children to read, up to that point, where rather boring. Dr. Seuss book were fun to read and taught children. He is a much loved writer and illustrator. This book is a nice over view of the man's life.

My last son is a doodler. I loved to look
Megan Wittenberg
A wonderful and informational book giving young readers and inside look at to how Theodor Geisel moved from a simple doodler to the great and well known Dr. Seuss. This book talks about some of the life events Geisel went through in order to get inspiration for his books and his illustrations. It was interesting to be able to see how and why he wrote certain things in his books. It gives readers a chance to see how the events, people, and places one sees in life has an influence on an author’s w ...more
Dixie Maier
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-115
“Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler” is a biography intended for children 6 to 9 years old.

Kate Klimo’s “Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler” is a biography about the very talented Dr. Seuss and his rise to fame.

I gave this book a 4-star rating because I thought it perfectly covered everything a biography needed, which includes talking about life through from birth to death, focusing mostly on his childhood and adult life. This biography is listed a step 3 book, according to the Step into Reading guide. I be
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Literature Genre: Children's Biography
Ages: 5-8 years
Award: Dr. Seuss is a winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1984

This easy reader is a biography about Theodor "Ted" Seuss Geisel and his transformation from a doodler into one of the world's most beloved children's author--Dr. Seuss. The book stays true to his life as a man in advertising, cartoonist, and creator of 51 famous published books. Information in the book is factual information.

Excellent book for any young child interested in the life of
Chitra Devi
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book mostly because first of all it is a biography book ... and second of all it gives wonderful information about Dr. Suess the great doodler. I started reading it,because it is really cool that he wrote 44 books for kids just like me! I can also share more about Dr. Seuss,belive me he has a nice imagination and is quite talented. Dr. Seuss's real name is Ted Geisel (gea- sul) I love the ways he uses his imagination Ted's birthday is in spring when its his birthday people ...more
Children's Literature Centre at FSU
This is an awesome book; readers will learn lots of things about renowned author, Dr. Seuss, while reading it. This book is well written but the language isn’t too difficult; second and third graders would be able to read this book by themselves. This book talks about other books that students would have already read like The Cat in The Hat and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The illustrations are also very colorful and they contain artwork by Dr. Seuss. This book would be perfect to read on Dr. Seuss ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This short and simple book covers the bare minimum of the life of Ted Geisel, "Dr. Seuss." This is written for grades 1-3 because it has simple sentences and a very linear plot.

It barely mentions WWI and WWII. There is no detail given that would disturb young children, though.

I loved learning more about this great man. I would like to find a more mature biography that goes into more depth. I'm excited to find more books about him.
Jessica Barker
Great Book!
Curricular Connections: I would use this book to discuss setting and accomplishing goals even during times of struggle. I would walk the kids through both school and personal life situations and introduce problem-solving skills
Karen Dransfield
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great young reader non-fiction biography about Dr. Seuss. This is part of the Step Into Reading series of early readers, at the Step 3 level. It tells about his life and includes artwork from his lifetime including some rarely seen work. Great book.
Serena Prieto
I have been collecting Seuss work for 20 years, and even I learned some new things from this book. Will definitely add it to my collection as item #78.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. It told the story of Dr. Seuss' life and why he wrote some of the books he did. The book even included some of his artwork that has been rarely seen. It filled in a few more details that other similar books left out. It gave me a more complete picture of his life. I highly recommend this book to all Dr. Seuss fans. The background given on the books he wrote really helped me to understand the books better.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Theodor Geisel wrote 44 books for children and inspired many more when he became president of Beginner Books to publish more beginning readers like his beloved Cat in the Hat.

This Step Into Reading biography will introduce new readers (like the ones he wrote for) to his fascinating life story. It begins with his childhood introduction to words and designs by his parents and ends with our national tribute to him every year on the anniversary of his birth. Many of his original art and illustratio
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more from this book. The information was good, but the writing, not so much. The entire book is one long paragraph, with many sentences that don't connect, like they were just thrown in. Breaking up the writing into paragraphs may have helped the flow. Disappointed.
Fabricio Hernandez
I selected this book because I use to read a lot of Dr. Seuss books when I use to go to elementary school. I believe that it would be an interesting read for the students to learn about one of the most recognized children literature authors. This book goes on to describe important facts about Dr. Seuss. For example, the college he attended and when he started to draw cartoons, and award-winning books he had. The genre of this book is considered a biography book because Kate Klimo wrote about Dr. ...more
Thomas Cruz
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I selected this book because I read a lot of Dr. Seuss books as a child. I wanted to learn a little bit more about the author of the books that I read as a child. Prior to reading this, the only thing I knew about him was that he made children books. I enjoyed that this book stated key facts about his life such as where he went to college, when he started to draw cartoons, and some of the award winning books he had. The genre of this book is considered a biography because another person, Kate Kl ...more
Intended for beginning readers who are learning to master words, this account of the man who grew up to become Dr. Seuss is fun and filled with interesting details about the influential man. Since Seuss books are so ubiquitous--who hasn't read The Cat in the Hat or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, after all?--it is terrific to have a biography about its creator that can be understood by the very audience to which most of his books were pitched. Readers learn about his formative years, his early c ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Core curricular tie: Language Arts, Reading

How this text can enhance instruction: This is a great book that helps give details about Theodor Geisel's life and how he became known as Dr. Seuss. A great curriculum tie would be during any Read Across America events or when celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The story explains Geisel’s life, giving some details about how he joined boy scouts and the army, how he met and married his wife, how he had his pictures published by magazines before publishing
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Klimo, Kate Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler, illustrated by Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher, and Ted Geisel. EARLY READER. Random House, 2016. $12.99. Content: G.

This biography shows how Theodor Geisel became Dr. Seuss. It includes rare works by Geisel himself, as well depictions of the man and his life (done by the illustrators). The many fascinating facts presented provide interesting details about Geisel himself, as well as quite a few of his most popular works. While a thicker biography might be mor
Cindy Dobrez
Here's a biography of the popular Dr. Seuss that is written at a reading level for his primary audience. Author Kate Klimo led the Dr. Seuss publishing program for 20+ years giving her some insight and access to materials related to Geisel. I especially admired the integrated inclusion of Geisel's art, whether hanging on the wall in the studio shots, or appearing to be created in the moment with pencil in hand. Nice to have the WWII artwork included too. The title is great too. Dr. Seuss was a g ...more
Christa Balero
This book includes a lot of information about Dr. Seuss in a way that is easy for children to understand. The words are an appropriate level and the concepts chose not focus on are relatable to children's lives.
I would love to use this book to talk about author's purpose. I think the best thing about this book is how it shows children how an author becomes and author and why they write about what they do the way they do. It can also be a great integration with art and discussion starte
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best bio intended for kids that I've read about the great Dr. Seuss. I really loved that it was written as an easy reader considering all that Dr. Seuss did for beginning readers. I think a fair amount of information is covered here that I've encountered in adult bios on Seuss, yet the writing is perfectly suited to a child audience, as a read aloud no less!

The idea to incorporate some of Seuss' own rarely seen artwork is so well done. Highly recommended for all ages.
Fantastic book about Dr. Seuss's life, including his childhood, personal life, and career as writer, illustrator, publisher and all-around doodler. Making this book twice as enjoyable are the details giving historical context and the illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, especially the pictures of Ted reading to a room full of publishing staff and Ted standing alone, holding Helen's hat. Informative and moving book, fitting of the man himself.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an early reader book-super short and easy to read. Logan and I read this together and I actually cried tears. I've always loved Dr. Seuss-I own most all of his books-but I've never really known anything about his life. This was a good succinct story about a man who changed children's literature for the better. The illustrations are just so-so, but I enjoyed the biography.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
A great "beginners book" biography for introducing early readers to the man that changed the literary world. Dr. Seuss' books have changed the way we think about children's books. Learned some interesting things about Dr. Seuss like; he was friends with Chuck Jones: famous animator for Warner Bros.
Definitely a good read.
Joanne Roberts
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cybils-nominees
Well organized and illustrated. Perfectly written for this age group, in an intriguing style that asks readers to imitate or investigate further. Includes original art within the illustrations, some never-before-printed wartime sketches.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A biography of Dr. Seuss at the reading level of most of his intended audience. I liked the inclusion of bits of his works (Oh, the Places You'll Go!) and the artwork scattered around the pages. It's simple enough for early readers, but still contains a lot of great information.
Great Books
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-5-8
Learn about Theodor Giesel’s transformation from a doodler to the beloved Dr. Seuss. Details of his childhood, personal life and career show how he became an author and illustrator and forever changed the literary world.
Reviewer 1
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A brief biography of one of my Creative Heroes. Hopefully readers will end up wanting to read more about Seuss but I appreciate this introduction to him and the fact they tried to make it more interesting by including rare artwork.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through my district library services*

This is a brief but engaging biography of Dr. Seuss. This will make a great non-fiction to share for Read Across America.
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Kate Klimo spent her early years amidst the cornfields of Iowa where the winters were prodigious. Often, when the snows flash-thawed in the spring, she would find her backyard filled with the flapping, resurrected bodies of fish her ice-fishing father had stored in the snowdrifts. Thus sprang into her young head the unshakable notion that, all winter long, fish escaped from the rivers and magicall ...more