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Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories

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by Dr. Seuss

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A follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss!
A new Dr. Seuss book! This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch—as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar


A follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss!
A new Dr. Seuss book! This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch—as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of “lost” tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!

Editorial Reviews

Horton the Elephant, Marco, and a grinch return in this rousing recovery of four long-lost stories by the immortal Dr. Seuss! Most of these entertaining tales appeared in Redbook magazine in the early fifties, but none have not been published since. Respected Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen offers context to these rediscovered manuscript treasures in a buoyant introduction, making this picture book a gem for readers from four to eight to eighty and beyond. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Charles D. Cohen, the avid Seussian behind The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, presents another four little-known manuscripts by Theodor Seuss Geisel. In his introduction, Cohen contextualizes the tales, which were published in Redbook and never became full-fledged picture books. In the title tale, “Horton and the Kwuggerbug” (1951), an insect and “terrible fellow! That Kwuggerbug guy” fools gentle Horton into ferrying him across an alligator-infested river and up a mountain to a delicious, out-of-reach Beezlenut tree. “Marco Comes Late” (1950) reprises And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street as Marco exaggerates his reasons for arriving late to school. Mulberry Street’s escalating formula likewise figures in “How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town” (1950), about a policeman who anticipates trouble on a quiet day. The most interesting entry is a two-page fragment, “The Hoobub and the Grinch” (1955), in which a proto-Grinch character urges a gullible creature to pay 98¢ for some string. By no means gems, these archives suggest how Geisel tinkered with characters, developed his signature tetrameter, and commented on ethical issues, circa 1950. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
These “lost” stories actually appeared in Redbook magazine in the 1950’s and highlight characters we have come to know through other Dr. Seuss books. Horton goes in search of wonderfully delicious beezlenuts with a very unpleasant insect and a deal is struck: Horton’s brawn in exchange for the brain of the kwuggerbug. Marco and Officer Pat from Mulberry Street show up in two different stories. And finally, the Grinch shows up in a short piece at the end of the book that makes a larger judgment on Grinches and their natural habit of manipulating others. Charles Cohen, a “Seussaphile” who has not only studied the author extensively but also wrote a best-selling book on Seuss and his influence in the world, introduces all of the stories. The history of each story is explained and Cohen does a masterful job tying each into the text that originally introduced the character. This is a great book to add to a school or personal library, whether to add to an already extensive Seuss collection or as the first book in which younger children may be introduced to the fun and wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 4 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Published in magazines, never seen since / Now resurrected for pleasure intense / Versified episodes numbering four / Featuring Marco, and Horton and more!All of the entries in this follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) involve a certain amount of sharp dealing. Horton carries a Kwuggerbug through crocodile-infested waters and up a steep mountain because “a deal is a deal”—and then is cheated out of his promised share of delicious Beezlenuts. Officer Pat heads off escalating, imagined disasters on Mulberry Street by clubbing a pesky gnat. Marco (originally met on that same Mulberry Street) concocts a baroque excuse for being late to school. In the closer, a smooth-talking Grinch (not the green sort) sells a gullible Hoobub a piece of string. In a lively introduction, uber-fan Charles D. Cohen (The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss, 2002) provides publishing histories, places characters and settings in Seussian context, and offers insights into, for instance, the origin of “Grinch.” Along with predictably engaging wordplay—“He climbed. He grew dizzy. His ankles grew numb. / But he climbed and he climbed and he clum and he clum”—each tale features bright, crisply reproduced renditions of its original illustrations. Except for “The Hoobub and the Grinch,” which has been jammed into a single spread, the verses and pictures are laid out in spacious, visually appealing ways.Fans both young and formerly young will be pleased—100 percent. (Picture book. 6-9)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Readers will delight in this book of "lost" stories, told in Seuss's signature inventive rhyme. Horton is back and is as bighearted as always. The Kwuggerbug, on the other hand, is decidedly not. The art is classic Seuss and the illustrations perfectly match the text. In "Marco Comes Late," a student explains his tardiness with a grand tale to tell his teacher. And it's almost entirely true! "Officer Pat" is a policeman on the lookout for trouble. When a gnat threatens a cat, Officer Pat begins to imagine how this tiny wrinkle could put the whole town at risk. It's silly and fun, and the rhyme reinforces it all. The last story is not as satisfying as the others due to its abbreviated length. Still, it's good to see the Grinch up to his old Grinchy ways again. The introduction, by scholar Charles D. Cohen, is chock-full of background and offers the provenance of these stories collected from a variety of magazines. Dr. Seuss stories are irresistible, and this collection is no exception.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Classic Seuss Series
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 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.

Contributor CHARLES D. COHEN is a graduate of Haverford College and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has been a practicing dentist for over twenty-five years. Dr. Cohen first became enchanted with the works of Dr. Seuss as a child and he began purchasing early edition of Seuss books in college. Today, Dr. Cohen's trove of Seussiana is likely the most comprehensive private collection in the world. It is his hope to create a museum to preserve the full Seuss legacy by protecting the pieces for posterity. He is the author of the The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss.

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
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GmaAL More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking I was going to give it to a child. NO!! I'm keeping it! Four wonderful Seuss stories, but perfect for an adult who loved Seuss books as a child. I was fascinated by the bio of Ted Geisel, and the story of the search for the lost stories. But I will read the stories to the child, who will love them, just as I loved Dr. Seuss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
while these stores are short, and leave us wanting so much more...they are still Seuss as we know it. My daughter enjoys the book, but is not quite as attached as some loved favorites. She was happy to see Horton again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson was as excited to reads these new stories as I was. I hope more will be found and published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Dr. Seuss you will love this new addition. There are familiar characters, with the funny, enjoyable drawings, and the unexpected endings, and made-up words to make the rhyming work--everything that makes Dr. Seuss so memorable and wonderful.
oldman66 More than 1 year ago
Grab this for,,,,read me a story time.
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So cute