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.
If I Ran the Circusby Dr. Seuss
Step right up for Dr. Seuss’s classic rhyming picture-book tale of young Morris McGurk’s big circus dreams. This circus has more than a mere lion tamer and trapeze artist! At the Circus McGurkus, you’ll be intrigued by the wink-hooded Hoodwink, terrified by the Spotted Atrocious, and amazed by the daring feats of the great Sneelock. And these are
Step right up for Dr. Seuss’s classic rhyming picture-book tale of young Morris McGurk’s big circus dreams. This circus has more than a mere lion tamer and trapeze artist! At the Circus McGurkus, you’ll be intrigued by the wink-hooded Hoodwink, terrified by the Spotted Atrocious, and amazed by the daring feats of the great Sneelock. And these are just a few of the astonishing things you’ll find under this big top. Told with the humor and originality that are synonymous with Dr. Seuss, If I Ran the Circus is a crowd-pleasing showstopper!
From the Hardcover edition.
Meet the Author
- 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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I read the story to some preschoolers .and it held their attention. The characters were creative and I was pleased to add it to our choices of story series
When I was a little girl my Father would read this book to my brothers and I before bedtime. This book brings back SO many memories and fun times as a family. A MUST have for any child!
My 3 year old daughter thinks this book is the funniest thing she's ever heard. I read it to her weeks ago and she's still saying 'Circus McGurkus'! The silly animals and their silly acts were even hard for me to read because I would start to giggle. This was excellent. I was hesitant to get it since it is longer than most of the books I get for her and I thought it was too long to hold her interest. But not so. She and I were both disappointed when it ended.
I really enjoyed this book because it shows you that no matter what dreams you have, big or small you can acomplish anything. This book can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. you can really picture the characters in the book by Seuss's descriptions. There is a lot of excitement in the story. It shows you how a child thinks. When Morris McGurk thinks that old Sneelock will not mind having this circus behind,and helping out with little odds and ends. I am 17 and I still enjoy this book very much.
Young Morris McGurk is a conceptual thinker. He takes a look at the big vacant lot behind Sneelock's Store and sees the potential for the greatest circus ever. In fact, he sees roles for Mr. Sneelock to star and work in Circus McGurkus World's Greatest Show. The book is filled with imaginary Seuss creatures and unusual circus acts, far beyond what you'll ever see at the real thing. The marvelous imaginary story is told in rhyme, aided by being able to make up names for creatures to fit the scheme. The circus will have acrobats, jugglers and clowns from 1033 faraway towns. At first, Mr. Sneelock will sell balloons and pink lemonade (all 500 gallons of it). By the end, he does the greatest circus feat of all time, diving four thousand, six hundred, and ninety-two feet into a fish bowl. 'Don't ask me how he'll manage. That's his job. Not mine.' This last image to me is the most indelible of all the ones in all of the Dr. Seuss books I have read. At boring moments when I can think of nothing else to entertain me, I consider ways that Mr. Sneelock can pull off this trick. (Feel free to e-mail me your solutions.) What I love about the book is the cavalier way that Morris McGurk makes everything so simple. That's the beauty of being young and inexperienced. You don't know what you 'can't' do yet. As such, this book will dazzle and amaze youngsters who have it read to them and read it themselves. Actually, circuses operate on this principle. Those who wish to star in the circus dream up new and more amazing stunts, and audition to get starring roles. The job of the impressario is to simply choose amongst the best. The star has to figure out the illusion or feat. Although many Dr. Seuss books have unusual creatures, the ones in this book are more vivid to me for some reason. The Spotted Atrocious is especially menacing. The idea of a Bolster, Nolster who is a lion-trout combination intrigues me. And who could be more challenging than a Grizzly-Ghastly? As you can see, Dr. Seuss has slipped in a little normal language here into the names, which gives the images power that totally abstract names cannot evoke. As a selling point to Mr. Sneelock in young Morris's mind, I've always loved the final section: 'Why! He'll be a Hero! Of course he won't mind When he finds that he has A big circus behind.' How typical of a child's imagination to totally transform someone's space, work, and world, and then assume that the person will find it all to be to their liking! Another benefit of this book is that many young children find circuses a little scary. Although this circus is filled with fantastic-looking creatures, they are always perfectly well behaved. A parent can use the book to emphasize that the happy result is pretty certain. I can remember worrying as a four-year-old about whether the lions and tigers would get loose in the audience. I suggest that you do a little advance conditioning before a circus visit using this book to help evaporate such potential concerns . . . without providing your youngsters with any ideas they haven't already thought of. After you have enjoyed the book again, think about where your imagination could benefit from becoming less restrained. Where could you make big dreams that others would enjoy? Every great thing in life that benefits us today started as a dream in one person's mind. What's yours? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution