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On Beyond Zebra!

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,481 ratings  ·  279 reviews
If you think the alphabet stops with Z, you are wrong. So wrong. Leave it to Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell (with a little help from Dr. Seuss) to create an entirely new alphabet beginning with Z! This rhyming picture book introduces twenty new letters and the creatures that one can spell with them. Discover (and spell) such wonderfully Seussian creations as the Yuzz-a-m ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published 1983 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1955)
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Duncan I just read this book because I like to break the rules! My guess is it's the Nazzim of Bazzim who rides on a Spazzim that broke the woke camel's back…moreI just read this book because I like to break the rules! My guess is it's the Nazzim of Bazzim who rides on a Spazzim that broke the woke camel's back. The Nazzim is a vaguely middle-eastern looking fellow w/a smile on his face who rides on a Sapzzim a vaguely looking camel-like fellow w/a smile on his face too. Other than a completely neutral reference to Columbus as an 'explorer' and not as a monster of history, I can't think of anything in this book that would cause offense. There is nothing at all offensive about this book other than the cowards who control the publication of this book and have withdrawn it from the Dr. Seuss library.(less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books from my childhood is now CANCELLED! It’s been withdrawn from publication with comments about it having certain (unspecified) insensitive treatment of people. Used copies now start at $250 and go up to $1000. So I went and dug around in my old stash of kids' books last night and was thrilled to find a pristine copy of this book that I bought when my kids were little.

In this 1955 Dr. Seuss book, young Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell is very proud of having lear
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks

The verses go on knitting a web intertwined with another web of imaginations.

The poem flows. A nice one with mellifluous words.

There are letters beyond Z. Yes, there's a whole new world out there.

Takes you to a land of an imaginary language with never before heard words that are figments of a child's imagination.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Why limit yourself? You'll stop at Z all right: zzzzzzzzzz..... ...more
Tom Quinn
Jun 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Discovered as part of my kids' Summer Reading challenge. Never even knew this one existed but it's perhaps the most fun Seuss to read aloud, with all the wacky made-up zaniness we expect from the good doctor but dialed up to 11.

4 stars, and the only reason it's not a 5 is it's a little too wild to recall exactly what's in there once the cover's closed.

EDIT: darn it, this is one of controversial titles that was in the headlines last year. I swear I didn't know and I'm not beating at some politica
Having mastered the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell is surprised to discover that there are other letters out there, beyond Z. Guided by the narrator, who steps in to share this amazing information, he learns about such letters as the Yuzz, used to spell Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz; or the Thnad, used to spell Thnadners. Following along on a journey of enchanted discovery, Conrad Cornelius learns nineteen new letters, and meets nineteen unusual new creatures, real ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
One reason why Dr. Seuss remains a favorite among children is they look and read full of whimsy and fun. The children may miss that they can be subversive. Specifically, Dr. Seuss is rarely about teaching some lesson. Life the good doctor say is about living and imagining. Lessons can resume in a few minutes for now let it go and giggle.

On Beyond Zebra is a non-sense book. Smarty pants Conrad Cornelius O’Donald o’Dell is so sure of himself. He knows all 26 letters of the alphabet and there is n
Oct 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I came across this book today while at work; I work at a library, for those who don't know. I don't recall this one from when I was a kid, but, my curiosity was piqued...and this was a fun one! ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
In a multiverse of interpretations, here is another one. Opens with two mutants: Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell, a kid with a comb-over, and the narrator, some weirdo who has a fascination for buttocks. On panel one, Weirdo touches his buttocks while some mangy mutt that snuck into the classroom looks on. In panel two we learn that Conrad is a know-it-all while Weirdo leans in for a good look at the zebra's buttocks.

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Grant E Moulton
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book influenced my life more than any other book I read in my first reading years. It told me that I could color outside the lines. It told me that there existed a completely unknown world outside of my limited experience, and that I could discover that world and look forward to amazing adventures.

Will this book offend some people? Yes, of course it will, as it makes children think for themselves and reconsider the limits that they assume are fixed and immobile. That may be a good thing an
Mashaekh Hassan
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, children
I'mma read all the books if Dr. Seuss! Getting ready for the marathon ahah ...more
Despite the fact that Dr. Seuss' estate has decided to retire this book from sales forever (for the very dumb reason that one of the characters of the book *might*, with a ton of fantasy, be considered "racist"), On Beyond Zebra! is a children's classic that teaches to go beyond the conventions - and the creatures invented by Dr. Seuss are incredibly funny.

Just get it, or even download it, and see with your own eyes if this is some kind of "racist" book - I guarantee, it isn't.

STYLING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
back cover-If you think the alphabet stops with Z, you are wrong. So wrong. Leave it to Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell (with a little help from Dr. Seuss) to create an entirely new alphabet beginning with Z! This rhyming picture book introduces twenty new letters and the creatures that one can spell with them. Discover (and spell) such wonderfully Seussian creations as the Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz and the High Gargel-orum. Readers young and old will be giggling from beginning to end . . . or should we s ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can't beat Dr Seuss for a great story. I'm not sure where he comes up with the ideas and words but I love them just as much as an adult reading them to my grandson as I did reading them as a kid. Highly recommended to anyone that still has a kid trapped in them ...more
Victor The Reader
A kooky and imaginative story about two boys exploring beyond the alphabet and make new letters and what types of people and animals they associate with. There’s no shortage of Seuss’ beautifully outlandish creatures. A (100%/Outstanding)
#34 of 2021
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This book should have an 'aberrant pronunciation of the letter Z' warning for readers outside of the US. Or it could be banned. Either way it would prevent small children from having to puzzle over lines such as "And I said, "You can stop, if you want, with the Z/Because most people stop with the Z/But not me" which obviously don't rhyme. ...more
Samantha Matherne
Mar 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
(Originally put a review of a different Dr. Seuss book here. Oops.)
I thought this book was simply silly and good for some laughs. An alphabet beyond the letter Z. How creative and fun for kids. Except… not anymore. Why don’t we just teach what could be seen as wrong today in the content of books written in the past?

I am totally against banning or censoring any books. Educate readers about books that have issues in terms of modern times, but to completely take books out of print, which over tim
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, childrens, 2010
As a kid I loved weird words and other linguistic hijinx, and so it's no surprise that On Beyond Zebra was on the short list of favorite Seuss books. After rereading it just now, I realized that it was special in one other way: perhaps more than any other of the master's works, it spurred me to creativity (just like Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell in the story!). Looking back with my jaded, myopic grown-up eye, I can see that the new letters beyond Z are simple amalgamations of ordinary Roman l ...more
Nostalgia Reader
Still my most favorite Seuss book. I vividly remember checking it out from the school library in kindergarten and being amazed at how amazing it was--it's only taken me 20 years to finally purchase a copy for myself!

Many of these critters remind me of lumberjack's fearsome and legendary creatures, especially the Wumbus, which is halfway to a slide-rock bolter, and that made me quite happy.

I also personally relate to the Quandary, at least up to a point. Although, this is the ONE illustration tha
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-loves
I believe I had this memorized by the time I was three. When my little brother was old enough, I got to recite it to him. I didn't need the pages for the words, just the pictures. ...more
Joe Vasicek
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Even good old Dr. Seuss's zany imagination
could not have ever thunk a place as crazy as our nation.
Where decent folks, quite sane in fact, upon one knee quite bended
Fear the cry of "racist!" from the perpetually offended.
Who scream and swear and stamp their feet at everyone else's sins;
They cannot create, they only destroy, so do not let them win!

So I can get why people think that And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is racist. I personally don't think it's racist, but "a Chinese man wh
Katja Labonté
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This was a silly little book, fun to read. It reminded me of Scrambled Eggs Super!.

Content: one “gee-whizz.”
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
NOTHING racist in this book either. Are these people saying this on crack?
Jennifer Brown
Silly story
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-my-boys
After a short break, we are once again picking up from where we left off on our Dr. Seuss library marathon. This is a wonderful book to encourage an active imagination. My 4-year-old enjoyed it more than my 6-year-old, which is funny since he can not yet read as his brother does.

I do not remember reading this when I was a child but I know I would have loved it. It makes me think of the inital stirrings I felt when I first read Tolkien and the language he created.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, kids-2019
Read with my son, he enjoyed this book but it was kind of blah to me.

Illustrations were imaginative and up to Seuss par. The letters and some of the stories that went with the letters were lacking, in my opinion.
Stephanie Tuell
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
lots of big funny words
Douglas Noblehorse
A classic for showing kids how to think beyond the normal...
Kevin Hull
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very creative, and teaches the virtues of thinking outside the box.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This is one of the obscure Seuss books that will no longer be published. Apparently the portrayal of Nazzim of Bazzim is the issue. Other than that the book is fine. It actually feels like a lesser version of If I Ran the Zoo.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. 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 ...more

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