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On Beyond Zebra!

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,038 ratings  ·  183 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, 64 pages
Published September 12th 1955 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Archit Ojha
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.
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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Mashaekh Hassan
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, kindle
I'mma read all the books if Dr. Seuss! Getting ready for the marathon ahah
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
General Raiting: 8/10
Personal Raiting: 6.7/10
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
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, humor, 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
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.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pooja by: Archit Ojha
Shelves: children
Who wouldn't like to learn alphabets beyond Z?
The book serves entertainment and happiness in a balanced amount.
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
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
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.
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...
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.
Dan Dixon
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Dr. Seuss uses this book to explain to children that there are many ways to use their alphabet. It also promotes imagination through his use of made up words.
True Rating: 3.5 (Leaning towards 3)

After reading such a sad and dark story, I needed something to cheer me up and get me out of a funk so I decided to read Dr. Seuss which made perfect sense to bring back the inner child in me.

I was rather disappointed by this book and it's mainly because I am no longer a child. The story is about a boy who learns about the alphabets and he uses the names of the animal to associate with the letters. Once he reaches to Z for Zebra, he is excited that now he know
Candace Ryan
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Seuss proves he's the Einstein of kidlit with this book. It took a while for the world to "get" E=mc², blowing the roof off Newtonian physics. Dr. Seuss blows the roof off the alphabet and language itself with this book.

Cool kidlit scholar Philip Nel writes in Dr. Seuss: American Icon, "...On Beyond Zebra is Seuss's Finnegans Wake." 'Nuff said?
Yashira Marie
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is really amazing... it inspires you to think outside the box and to not accept things just the way they are, but go beyond them, explore and wonder. I LOVE IT!
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really cute book about made-up letters beyond Z. This was especially appropriate as we're on letter Z in our preschool studies.
Olivia "So many books--so little time.""
The letters Dr. Seuss added after Z were funny.
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
You best bet I'm counting reading children's book to my niece as part of my Goodread's challenge. This was a fun, cute book and I actually really enjoyed it, especially the rhyming.
This book is typical Dr. Seuss, innovative and fun, and that's really the message of the book. Don't stop with the current boundary, but think outside the box. Don't settle thinking you know everything, but be curious, learn, grow, improve.

Here are a few fun quotes from the book:

"'I know all the twenty-six letters like that...through to Z is for Zebra. I know them all well... So now I know everything anyone knows from beginning to end. From the start to the close. Because Z is as far as the alph
Reagan Busbee
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-lit
Summary: in Dr. Seuss’s book on beyond zebra Conrad Cornelius is bragging that he knows all of his letters and can now spell anything he needs to when his friend o’Donald o’ Dell shares with him that there are all kinds of letters that go past z. o’Donald then takes Conrad on an adventure to show him the various letters and what you can spell with them.

Opinion: in classic Dr. Seuss style On Beyond Zebra is filled to the brim with unique words and creatures that are fascinating to the reader. Thi
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY! So much fun! Young Conrad is so proud to have learned his whole alphabet, from the letter A is for Ape on through Z is for Zebra. But then his young friend points out, "Why stop there?" On an adventure they go as they discover 19 new letters and the animals they stand for as only Dr. Seuss can describe them. I love how at the end of the book, he gives you the list of new letters again along with a new one created by Conrad which has yet to be named. Children of all ages can have fun tryin ...more
Ashley B.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like the idea of this book because it encourages the reader to think outside the box. The alphabet is 26 letters, but who says we have to stop there. There are many different letters in world and this book couple help inspire students to look and see what other ways of spelling and writing there are in the world. I could see this book being difficult to read for some people because there are many made up words, but I think readers would like the challenge of figuring out how to pronounce the w ...more
Dhivya Siva
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a book about the letters that come after Z. New letters are made up to sort of sound like a blend. Each stands for made up names of unique fellows you have not heard of with unique crazy characteristics. My 5 year old was hooked and went along with Dr.Seuss’s imaginary letter-world . I am still not sure if he knows these things are real or imaginary. Though as an adult reading it I found it a bit tedious, my kid enjoyed it and was amazed by the new symbols and all the crazy animal sounds ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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Katy-Margaret Doss
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-350
This is a review for On Beyond Zebra! by Dr. Seuss. This story is about two boys writing out the alphabet and when they stop at the letter z and one boy tells the other that there are so many things you are missing when you stop at the letter z. He goes on to show him many of the other letters and the things they represent that exist if you go past the letter z. I really enjoyed this book. I have read a lot of Dr. Seuss but I had never read this one. I thought it was really cute and would be som ...more
Katie Howard
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'dell is just learning his letters and he works his way all the way up to z for zebra. He thinks he knows everything now that he knows all of the letters. That is until his friend creates new letters that are beyond z for zebra. This book can spark kids creativity and imagination through hilariously funny made up letters. I would recommend this book to all kids in elementary school.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
We loved Dr. Seuss so much growing up, I've been surprised by how many I actually missed! This was is quite funny and sort of an advanced take on There's a Wocket in my Pocket. My 5-year-old didn't get it; just a lot of funny made up words for him. But my 9-year-old was intrigued and it got him thinking creatively.
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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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