Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book [NOOK Book]


Illus. in color. "Deliberately calculated to make its readers yawn. No one could resist those zillions of astonishing sleepyheads."—The New York Times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385373524
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 161,780
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 21 MB
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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.


Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    Yawn . . . My Eyes Are Getting Heavy . . . Yawn . . . Sleep

    This book is the next best thing to a ride in the car to help your youngster get to sleep. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book will also provide lots of relaxing evening reads . . . that will leave you in a good mood for a restful night, as well. Many people report having trouble getting to sleep throughout their entire lives. Sleep experts advise creating new behaviors that enourage drowsiness. Avoid caffeine. Put the lights on low. Have some quiet music. Avoid activities in bed other than sleeping (I've always wondered about that one, too, for the parents). Keep a regular schedule. Have some hot milk. So Dr. Seuss right away changes the rules. 'This Book is to be Read in Bed.' You will immediately meet a 'very small bug . . . Van Vleck is yawning so wide you can look down his neck.' Now a yawn is catching. In fact, I'm yawning as I type this section. Before I knew about this book, one of my favorite methods of helping our youngsters settle down was to go into their room to read a story while yawning uncontrollably. They could seldom resist yawning themselves for longer than two minutes. Pretty soon the eye lids were heavy. Dr. Seuss gives you some additional hypnotic suggestions to help with this process, so you'll soon be a sleep-inducing magician. 'The yawn of that one little bug is still spreading!' 'And people are gradually starting to say, 'I feel rather drowsy. I've had quite a day.'' 'Creatures are starting to think about rest. Two Biffer-Baum Birds are now building their nest.' 'Sleepy thoughts are spreading throughout the whole land.' What follows are lots of references to brushing your teeth before bedtime, turning the lights out, more yawns, and getting into bed. 'The number of sleepers is steadily growing.' These include stilt-walkers, the Hinkle-Horn Honking Club, the collapsible Frink, some who are talking in their sleep, Joe and Mo Redd-Zoff are sleep walking, the Hoop-Soup-Snoop Group, the Curious Crandalls, Chippendale Mupp bites his tail, Mr. and Mrs. J. Carmichael Krox, Zwiebach Motel guests, snorers who make music, Jedd, two Offts, a dreaming moose and goose, the Bumble-Tub Club sleeping afloat, and the salesmen in the Vale of Va-Vode sleeping all over the road (and everywhere else). Pretty soon, 'Ninety-nine zillion, Nine trillion and two Creatures are sleeping! So . . . How about you?' 'Good night.' Obviously, the key to this book is to create an ever more . . . drowsy mood. Unlike the usual Dr. Seuss story, you want to s - l - o - w d - o - w - n a - s y - o - u g - o . The book is rather long, so the cadence has a chance to create a rhythmic sense of relaxation. Reading the book can become one of those regular habits that is sleep inducing in this way. The only book that compares with this one for relaxing your child into sleep is Good Night Moon, which is surely a staple in your repertoire by now. Older children do tire of that (which is great for wee ones), so they can graduate

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Infallible Asset for Moms at Bedtime

    I got this wonderful book for my daughter when she was about three. Not one time I read it for her did she fail to fall asleep before I was done reading the entire book. In fact, the narrative is so full proof that whenever my husband joined us for the bedtime story, he would fall asleep too - sometimes, I am sorry to say, even before our daughter. So if you need your spouse to be alert, I don't recommend it!
    Dr. Seuss' engaging humor and delicious rhymes make it very soothing and even those who read it aloud will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Best let's go to bed book

    This is the best let's go to bed book I have read! My 3 year old just loves it and we even give the pictured characters even more crazy names than they already have. She just loves the Foona Lagoona Baboona and the Chippendale Mupp. The Herk-Heimer Sisters have gotten her to brush her teeth before bed better than I ever have! You will enjoy this. And it is so easy to turn off the light and say good night now!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    My 3.5 yr old loves it!

    I'll be honest, when my son asks us to read this book at night, my husband and I both sigh. It is Classic Dr Seuss, full of tongue twisters and rhymes and made-up words that ONLY could have been imagined by Dr. Seuss himself. (The tongue twisting made-up words is the reason for the sigh, plus it's a little long). No one writes books like this anymore and I love that our son loves Dr. Seuss as much as we do. It is the journey of how one creatures yawn can spark tiredness throughout zillions. A fun (and exhausting) read. And I'm positive my 3.5 year old will ask for it again tonight!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    This book is amazing!! It's fun for us to read and after weeks o

    This book is amazing!! It's fun for us to read and after weeks of reading it every night at bedtime, we still have not made it to the end of the book before our son falls asleep. Bedtime used to be somewhat stressful because we just never knew if we could get him to sleep or if he would keep himself awake until all hours of the night. With this book, we're almost guaranteed that he'll fall asleep and we can put him in his bed without a big screaming fit (he's 3 by the way). Unfortunately it has the same affect on me and many times I don't get up again for the rest of the night, but I'll take that over the alternative any day. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a good bedtime book. Oh, and not only is this a good book to lul the little one to sleep, but oftentimes we find that even after he's asleep, we keep reading it because it's fun!

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    Very similar to Dr. Seuss's ABC.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Best Book for Fussy Sleepers

    I first got this book I think when I was in High School and have kept it by my bed ever since. It is also my go to gift for new parents. It is a book with universal appeal no matter what you age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Fun book for older kids

    I let my 2.5 year old daughter choose a Suess book. She picked this one out. We will save it for later because the first 2 times we read it, it was just too advanced for her. However, it is a fun read for us (mom and dad). I think it might be more appropriate for the 4+ age group.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is an awesome Book to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own Seuss works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    great book

    This book put my little girl to sleep right away The Characters were funny
    the reading was fun a unforgettable book by Dr. Seuss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    Greatest Bedtime Book!!

    I read this to my 4 year old son everynight before bed and he never tires of it!! Just starting on the first page mentioning the yawns and he yawns during the entire book, it is the cutest thing!!! He loves the pictures and by the end he wants to be counted on the tally of who's all asleep..it is by far the best book I have found for winding down a busy day and getting him all settled down to sleep!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Dr. Seuss's Sleep book is great!

    Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss Sleep Book Illustrated by Dr. Seuss Random House, Inc., 1990 I.S.B.N 0-394-80091-5 Dr. Seuss¿s Sleep Book, written by Dr. Seuss, is a suitable book for grades one to three. It is a very fun and enjoyable book for theses ages. This tale is about how a bug is spreading around The County of Keck, and its spreading around very fast. The bug is making everyone very sleepy, and by the end of the book there are zillions of people sleeping in the County of Keck. Book Seuss shows the young readers a lot of different characters throughout the book. The reader will enjoy many of the different characters, being that they are really funny, although they are sleeping. The Zwieback Motel has beds as hard as rocks, and people are even sleeping there. By the end of the book, Ninety- nine zillion, nine trillion and two creatures are sleeping. That is why you need to go to the nearest book store before this book is put to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    too funny!

    I am going on 30 years and still love it! I am single, visually impaired and have a narrated copy on a cassette tape. The snores make me laugh until my sides hurt! Toward the end though, you have to add me to the 99 zillion or more sleepers to the who's asleep score. That bug yawning makes me yawn just hearing him. I recommend this book for children of all ages! Wether you want to laugh, or need something to go to sleep by, get this book. I feel rather drowsy! I've had quite a day! shaneman746@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002


    This book is great for young children. My dauter(15) reads it to my son(5) nearly every night. It is fun and enjoyable to read. I even read it when I was young. I highly recomend it to chldren ages 4 to 8 and there families!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Dr Seuss's best book!

    I had this book when I was a young, and it was my favorite. Now i read it to my son, and HE loves it. It gets him nice & sleepy for bedtime, and he loves the rhymes and funny pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    A must for mothers with unsleepy children.

    I used to read this book to my boys at bedtime. It worked like a charm! They really had trouble lasting till the end. We loved it. It's the best of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    A fantastic sleeper

    Of all the Dr. Seuss books I read my kids, this is one our very favorites. It reads very well with Seuss's tongue twisting language and has wonderful creatures. It is not one of his more popular and often seen titles, but is arguably the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    This Book is to be read in bed

    This is a really outstanding book. This book says lots of places creatures are sleeping that are really extroridanary. This book became one of my all time favorite's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    The words roll of your tongue.

    Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book is not only entertaining for kids, it's fun reading for adults. It really does make you yawn!

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