Daisy-Head Mayzie

Daisy-Head Mayzie

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by Dr. Seuss
     
 

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When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time—and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is

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When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time—and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than three years after his death comes a new work from bestselling and beloved Seuss (Theodor Geisel). While fans are sure to be tickled by the prospect of Seussian entertainment, they are likely to be disappointed in the ``also-ran'' flavor of this picture book, adapted from an animated TV special. The Cat in the Hat, jaunty-looking as ever, introduces and narrates the tale of young Mayzie McGrew, who one day mysteriously sprouts a daisy from her head. The phenomenon is followed by a lengthy and predictable scramble of adults rushing in to solve the problem. The attendant media buzz makes a celebrity of Mayzie and her daisy, and she learns the hard way about the high cost of fame. While the premise and concluding moral are all Seuss, the posthumous execution falls flat. Much of the text lacks the snap and panache of standard Seuss verse, and the artwork-extrapolated from Seuss sketches-seems off-kilter too. The economy of line of his best work gives way here to clutter, and the colors combine heavily and sometimes even harshly. One great success is the daisy itself, which conveys much human emotion through its stalk, leaves and petals. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
What would you do if a daisy started growing from the top of your head? That's the dilemma Mayzie McGrew faces in this never-before-published tale from Dr. Seuss. And everyone has an opinion! Enter the town doctor, the school principal, the florist, the police officer, the mayor, and ultimately a Hollywood agent who signs Mayzie and her daisy. The only thing missing in this thoroughly delightful tale is Mayzie's appearance on the Larry King Show. Though there are parents who find some of Dr. Seuss's more repetitive books a bit tedious to read aloud several times in succession to their children, this one's a pleasure. We can be grateful to Dr. Seuss's widow who discovered the manuscript and sketches for this book after the author's death in 1991.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679867128
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Classic Seuss Series
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
99,675
Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. Dr. Seuss's never-before-seen picture book What Pet Should I Get? will be published on July 28, 2015. The rediscovered book captures a classic childhood moment—the selection of a pet—and uses it to illustrate a life-lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but that sometimes you just have to do it!

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Daisy Head Mayzie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ABW12 More than 1 year ago
I read this book to a large group of four year olds. They barely moved a muscle while they were entranced through the whole story. Afterwards, we talked about it, lessons learned, what we would have done the same or what we would have done differently. We then made our own art projects and the children ran around with daisies coming out of their own heads the rest of the day. On the way to the playground they chanted, "Daisey Head, Daisey Head, Daisey Head Mayzie!" They wanted to read it over and over again. When I had my own child, I bought the book for him. He had a very similar reaction. We have read it many times and will pass it on to the baby sister as soon as she's old enough to understand it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the animated special's debut, 'Daisy-Head Mayzie' on television. I read the actual tale two years later. Even after all that, I still like it! 'Daisy-Head Mayzie' is interesting, endearing entertainment that I'd recommened for kids of all ages. The tale basically shows humor of a girl named Mayzie McGrew growing a daisy from her head, and moralizes happiness to all its readers. 'Daisy-Head Mayzie' is a funny and inspiring tale that would blend in perfectly with all the other Dr. Seuss classics.