How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

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Overview

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

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In Dr. Seuss' timeless tale, the Grinch is the ultimate grump. To thwart holiday festivities, this bitter old cave-dweller has decided to steal Christmas presents and decorations in the town below. His pilfering is a success, but in the aftermath, he earns an important holiday lesson.

WackyMommy.org
My son is partial to this brand-new edition, but he cannot have it, it is all Mama's. It contains everything a Grinch addict like myself could possibly want, including info on his international appeal . . . details about the route Dr. Seuss . . . took in creating the Grinch (he wanted to combine Santa, his reindeer, the Stork, the Sandman and the Boogeyman - why mess around with so many characters when one would do?), and background on how Chuck Jones storyboarded the book. The old drawings are spectacular.
ReadThatAgain.com
Written by uber-Seuss-ologist Charles D. Cohen, the essay features wonderful illustrations and all sorts of groovy Grinch memorabilia... A fun look behind the scenes of one of the all-time great children's classics. (A) [Highest rating]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394800790
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1957
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Edition number: 40
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 55,879
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever! In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

Biography

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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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' was originally writt

    Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' was originally written in 1957 and has since become a Christmas classic for kids and adults of all ages. The book is a children's book and is relatively short with pictures on each page. The illustrations themselves are done in black, white, and red and appear to be drawn with pencil or ink. They aren't overly detailed or brightly colored, but they are interesting to look at because the characters of the Grinch and the Whos, as well as their village are so fantastically different from anything in the real world.

    The story itself is written in prose, with several poem qualities. The rhyme scheme used definitely appeals to the reader (or listener) as the endings of each line couplet rhyme to give it a sing-song rhythm. Smaller children who are listening to the story being read to them will like this rhyming and it will keep their attention. Another interesting thing to note about the writing is the use of completely nonsensical and made up words. Dr. Seuss is a master of this kind of language and is famous for using it in his books. The words he invented for the story are unusual and are sure to stick in the minds of the readers. The plot is a fun one, but also has a great moral to it as well. The story is teaching children that the true meaning of Christmas doesn't come from gifts or things that are bought, but from love and being together. Overall, this is a Christmas classic that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's a true classic that never gets old and one that will be appreciated for years to come.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Seriously, Dr. Seuss at his best! I remember having this book re

    Seriously, Dr. Seuss at his best! I remember having this book read to me as a little girl, but I'm going to be honest and say I've not read it to my little ones. It's one and has always been one of my favorite stories, but when you see it every year on television you sort of forget to sit down and read it with your kids.

    What a great book to sit down with and talk to our kids while reading it. Why do you think Christmas is important? Why do our kids? It's such a powerful story about really remembering the greater meaning behind the holiday, it's not just about the toys. My kids have seen the cartoon every year, but sitting with them and reading HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS was more fun than watching the cartoon (but we will still watch), it was fun talking to them--I sometimes forget to stop while watching a program and find out what they are thinking. Reading to them allows me to remember to take the time.

    This is one I'm sure you read as a kid and should read with yours :) Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Perfect book!

    Perfect book! It never gets old! My three year olds will listen to me read this book over and over again yet will not sit through the movie. Love this book and so do my kids!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Christmas Classic

    I bought this for my 4-year-old godson this Christmas. He enjoyed it even more than the TV show, which is a great review in my book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    THE Christmas Classic

    My 4 year-old son is in love with this story. It's one he requests all year long. This is true to the original so the illustrations are monochromatic but the lilting, rhyming verse more than paints a vivid picture.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Dr. Seuss of course!

    Wonderful holiday story. My kids love it and tell it to me on their own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Great Classic

    This story is a great classic. It should be a part of every child's (and adults!) collection. I am a first grade teacher and every year my students are anxious to hear this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Christmas presents

    This is a timeless story in my family, so I wanted to pass this to my daughter. Oh the memories we will share and make...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

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    learning the real meaning of christmas

    "how the grinch stole christmas" is a classic story that shows the true meaning of christmas. a grinch lives up in the snowy hills and hates the small town of whoville but more important he hates christmas but what he doesnt realize is what christmas is all about. so the grinch figures if he can go down on christmas eve and steal everyones presents down in who ville thean he will stop christmas as he does so he finds out that christmas is still taking place with out their presents the grinch finds out that its their faith and christmas is in their heart and as the story ends the grinch finds out what christmas is all about its not about presents its about faith and whats in the heart. great gift idea for children and adults

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    An old favorite

    I bought this for my 22 yr old daughter as a Christmas present. This has been her favorite Christmas story since childhood. The actions of Max being fitted as a reindeer and how he "leads" the sleigh is adorable. A must read for all, both young and old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    Christmas Classic

    Classic Dr. Seuss book about the true meaning of Christmas. Timeless in it's message and appeal. A must for your home collection. Makes a wonderful Christmas gift to be cherished for years to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    Grinchy Classic

    The classic tale gets better each year. The perfect holiday book for kids of all ages that teaches the lessons of Christmas. A must have for your home library and a great Christmas gift for those little ones you love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Five stars is not enough for a wonderful book such as this one is

    Ever since I was little, I have loved this book. My father is a huge Dr. Seuss fan, so for christmas last year, I gave this book to him. The themes this book gets across are timeless, and they apply as much today as they did thirty years ago. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves christmas and who gives of themselves not just on christmas, but everyday after.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!

    This has got to be one of the best Christmas books that I've ever read. Dr. Seuss is the man!! I love this book! I'm going to make it a family tradition to read this every Christmas Eve! Maybe we'll even watch the movie!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    The Best Christmas Book

    This is the best Christmas book of all time!!!! Great for all ages. Everyone in my family loves this book. Pass it on to your children they'll love it!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    my favorite book is how the grinch stole christmas

    my favorite book is how the grinch stole christmas by Dr Seuss This book is about a grinch who stole christmas This book is funny and silly I like it has rhyming and silly My favorite part was when the grinch took presents and when he gave the presents back People might like it because it has rhyming words people might like it because it is funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Timeless

    I never tire of this book. As with most of Dr. Seuss's books, it's got a great message. Another of my favorites is, The Butter Battle Book, also by Dr. Seuss.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    A timeless classic

    Sends an important message that Christmas doesn't come from a store.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

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    Great Book

    This book makes a great Christmas gift. Children will definitely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    My daughter loves it.

    My daughter saw the cartoon on t.v and loved it, so I decided to buy How the Grinch Stole Christmas for her. She was thrilled with it and kept saying how much the book is like the cartoon. I highly recommend it for any toddler or child.

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