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Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,226 ratings  ·  278 reviews
Based on characters and a storyline developed by Dr.Seuss before his death in 1991, this tale focuses on the strange goings-on in Diffendoofer School, where kids are taught, among other things, yelling, listening and smelling. It highlights the importance of thinking for yourself.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 5th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mariah Roze
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with two of my students and they loved it.

"Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!" is a book about individuality. Miss Bonkers teaches how to think at a school that allows everyone to be themselves. The students then result in getting the highest test scores, because they are able to pull information from their experiences.
Kathy Davie
Oh, no! It's a terrible thing as Dr. Seuss takes a look at conformity versus freedom! Dr. Seuss created Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, and Jack Prelutsky finished this story while Lane Smith did the illustrations. A picture book for children ages 4–8.

My Take
The kids will love this! There are lots of opportunities for laughing and coming up with ideas for other kinds of classes besides the ones that Miss Bobble and Miss Fribble teach…among others. There's Miss Clotte's overzealousness and Mr. Plun
Shawn Deal
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This was the last book Dr. Suess was working on at the time of his death. Left unfinished, this book could have easily been lost, if not for his editor who got two other authors to come in and help finish it. With this said, this is a Dr Suess book and it is not. No one can really finish a work like this and be fully faithful to this literary master. The book is good celebrating diversity in schools. Book has the look and some of the sound of Dr Suess but you can feel the influence of the other ...more
Rachel Beamin'
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Picked up this gem at a Goodwill near my house. Turned out to be a first edition - not only that, it has become my daughters FAVORITE book.
Elisabeth Ensor
The last unfinished book by Doctor Seuss about a quirky teacher- ha! Right up my alley as a former art teacher and now homeschool mom. I loved this book because it's about doing things different and teaching kids how to think and be creative vs making everything the same and teaching just to take a test. Shouldn't education be more then just facts? I think so- I want my kids exposed to more then other people's ideas and past wars and memorizing dates they will soon forget, I want to teach them h ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers sick of Standards!!
Oh, Dear GOD, but every teacher strapped by the standards movement should re-read this book!
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction, 2012
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! :) Great illustrations.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It was one of the reasons I decided being spontaneous isn't a bad thing. I fell in love with this.
Mar 01, 2015 added it
The students of Diffendoofer School love their unique and entirely bizarre teachers. They learn in an unconventional way to say the least. Their teachers teach listening, smelling, laughing, yelling, tying knots, how to pepper a pigeon, or how to saddle a leopard or lizard. Miss Bonkers, the narrator’s favorite teacher, teaches everything under the sun. The principal, Mr. Lowe, finds out that the students must take a standardized test to prove they are learning effectively and worries that Diffe ...more
Caroline Woods
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a children's literature book that I would categorize as fantasy. Some could see it as realistic fiction though! It is a fun way to look at characters in school and show the students why it is good to be different. This book could be read to a range of readers. I still love reading this book. I think depending on the type of instruction you want to use it for it could be used for different grade levels. I think it could be a fun book for first grade to see how being different is a go ...more
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-1999
“Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” is one of the most unique books created by Dr. Seuss since the book was created after his death and since the book was partially written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Lane Smith. “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” is definitely a great book for fans of Dr. Seuss’ books.

Dr. Seuss’ and Jack Prelutsky’s writing combined creates one hilarious and creative story about one of the most inventive and surreal schools in the world. Both Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky get cr
Jaide B
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book stayed with me from childhood, and today I finally found it (after incorrectly attributing the artwork in my memory to Jon Scieszka). I remember loving Diffendoofer School and its teachers and wanting to go there. I remember being horrified by the school of Flobbertown, with its lack of individuality and black square hats—and if the kids didn’t prove that they had indeed learned, they’d have to go there!
As an adult, I can now enjoy the little truths:

Miss Bonkers rose. “Don’t fret!” sh
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how it was somewhat similar to how school systems are now with testing. This book was about Diffendoofer School. At this school the teachers teach many different things like listening, smelling, laughing, and yelling. The principal announces that the students must take a standardized test that they must pass or else they school will be torn down and they will have to go to a new school. But because the students were encouraged to think they ended up passing t ...more
Kristin Weller
A teaching colleague recommended this book recently and I'm so glad she did! This book was a work in progress that Ted never got to finish, but thanks to the efforts of two artful gentlemen and Dr. Seuss's editor, this story was finished and brought to life post-mortem. If you are a teacher in today's test-based pressure cooker, you will appreciate Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
C'est Moi ♪
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-stories
OMG...Remember how Mr. Cox would always read this book to us??? :'] good times...
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
Really great to read in the back of the book the details of how this book became about.
Esther | lifebyesther
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
- about a school with unconventional teachers that is facing a standardized test

- as an aspiring teacher, I loved this so much and was so inspired. However, I think that everyone, even people who are no longer in school communities, can relate and be inspired by this.
- So fun and smart

- not completely written by Dr. Seuss, as he didn't finish it before he died. It was finished by two other writers, who did great jobs but this isn't pure Seuss.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How have I never heard of this Dr. Seuss book?

I'm not a big Dr. Seuss fan (I particularly dislike the stories with lots of crazy words and no plot) so when my daughter chose this crazy titled book from the library, I was not super eager to read it and my expectations were low.

As a teacher though, I loved it. And my kids enjoyed it too. It is such a fun way to illustrate the need to keep school fun and meaningful for kids without a stressful, atmosphere that is centered around high stakes testin
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a fictionalized school named "Diffendoofer," the school is very different because of the teachers and the principal. The story mostly focuses on Miss Bonkers, one of the teachers. This book is marketed as a Dr. Suess story, but really, it is the work of Dr. Suess, Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith. Dr. Suess began conceptualizing the story in 1988-89, but passed away before he could finish it. What I like about this book is that the students have to take and pass a test, I assu ...more
Taylor Ferrante
This is a cute story about a town called Diffendoofer and their school that they have there. The school is amazing and all of their teachers teach in their own unique way! One day the principle says that there needs to be a test given to see if their school passes, and if they don't then the school needs to be torn down. However, after they take the test they find out that they scored the best out of all the schools. It is because their teachers thought them how to think and not just facts.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Our teachers are remarkable, they make up their own rules.”

At Diffendoofer school, education looks very different from your typical school. The curriculum is different and the teachers are all free spirits, but the kids love their learning. When the principal, Mr. Lowe, delivers the news that all the students will have to take a special test and if their school doesn’t do well they’ll all have to go to “dreary Flobbertown,” the students are in an uproar. But Miss Bonkers steps in and assures th
Emily Scanlon
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Level: 3.8

Summary: The children who attend Diffendoofer school are worried about an upcoming test. Have their eccentric teachers prepared them enough?

Writing Trait: Word Choice – This mentor text demonstrates how writers can play with words to create new meanings and enhance the flow of the story. With smart word choice, this story briefly introduces many characters. As a writing assignment, I would challenge my students to brainstorm different ideas for characters by writing a few lists of
Rachel Banks
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day is about a unique school and the unique teachers and staff who work there. They have odd ways of teaching, but they have fun and teach the kids many things, most importantly, how to think.

This book would be great to read to students preparing for an author study. You could also read it as a class to raise awareness and appreciation for the other staff members who work at the school, such as custodians, lunch staff, principals, and other teachers. You could do this, ma
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-ed-340
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This book is about Diffendoofer school where the teachers are crazy and different. The school is forced to take a test and if they fail they will have to attend the boring school. The school ends up getting the highest score because the teachers taught the students how to creatively think. This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books even though it is very different from his other books. I will definitely read this in my classroom for a fun read and to remind my students that crea
Heather Erickson
I love this book. I think the combination of Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith almost out Suesses the doctor himself. It is a fun read aloud, the kids love the principal Mr. Lowe who has eyebrows he takes off at night. I am an Elementary school librarian and this is by far my favorite read aloud for Dr. Suess' birthday. Lane smith incorporates his delightful illustration style with sketches from Suess and classic illustrations from Suess' more well known books. This book is a winner on many levels!
Devynn Turner
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
Love, love, love Dr. Seuss! I grew up reading and to this day still read his books. This book is no exception to my love! It is a cute and exciting book about a school filled with crazy, different, and great teachers! The illustrations are amazing as always and the morals and lesson are definitely there.
If you think of this as a Dr. Seuss book, I think you'll be disappointed. The rhyme scheme doesn't feel quite right. But if you think of it as inspired by Dr. Seuss, then it's just fine. It's fun and has a rhyme scheme and has interesting illustrations. I loved the part at the back where they explained the story of how this book came to be.
Paul Bulger
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
For any other author, I might give this four stars, but when Dr Seuss writes a book that decides to be about something, I tend to judge it much more harshly by the bar he set for himself with The Lorax, a brilliant takedown of capitalism disguised as a children’s book.

In Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, completed post-mortem, Seuss aims his sights at the education system, namely how it forces children into a one-size-fits-all mould that stifles creativity and empathy, barraging them with things to
Brittany Smith
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The story is good.  It is classic Dr. Seuss.  Lots of rhymes and made up words.  The made up words in this book are easy enough to read. The problem with this book is the artwork.  I don't like the pictures, and they are do not feel like Dr. Seuss.  There are a couple characters mixed in that are drawn in his normal style, but the majority of the book doesn't have the right feel.  At the end of the book they have some original sketches from Dr. Seuss
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the last unfinished work of the great Theodor Geisel, and as a prequel to his final published work, "Oh the Places You'll Go!," this book is both charming and hits home for me. Telling the story of a teacher, Miss Bonkers, who, instead of teaching kids reading, writing, or arithmetic, teaches them how to think for themselves, Dr. Seuss has managed to capture what I always hope to do in my classroom. Teaching English to sophomores seems redundant since they can all read and write at that age - ...more
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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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