If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo

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by Dr. Seuss

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Illus. in color. "Young Gerald McGrew thinks of all sorts of unusual animals he'd have in a zoo. Dr. Seuss at his best."—Horn Book.


Illus. in color. "Young Gerald McGrew thinks of all sorts of unusual animals he'd have in a zoo. Dr. Seuss at his best."—Horn Book.

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Classic Seuss Series
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.

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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If I Ran the Zoo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JudyinWashington More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my 7 year old granddaughter for Christmas with a Beany Baby lion attached to the book and she loved it. Dr. Seuss books are always excellent for children no matter the story.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss once more ignites childhood ponderings.
shebe More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book when we get it from the library and now he has his own copy.
NixieKnoxNorthernCA More than 1 year ago
All those wonderful strange names, all those amazing illustrations and made-up animals and vehicles... it's terrific, old school Seuss. We bought it as a gift for our 9-year old daughter who loves Seuss; it's challenging and tongue-twisting for reading aloud and completely entertaining!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The drawings are fascinating and my grandson loves the names. Dr Seuss uses the word "Nerd" in 1950...a man ahead of his time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems you almost can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss and children.
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SpunkyJB More than 1 year ago
Just a hoot, as are most of Dr. Seuss' books for the younger set. Great for read-alouds to one or more kiddies and FUN for the reader, too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss used to say ¿A person¿s a person, no matter how small. Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.¿ Dr. Seuss was created by Theodor Geisel in 1954. Life, the magazine, had published a report of illiterate children in the school system. They suggested children were having trouble reading because the books were boring, so they did not want to read them. Theodor¿s publisher urged him to send in an essay to explain what words he thought were important for children to learn. Then Theodor used these words to create a children¿s book called The Cat in the Hat. The illustrations and sounds helped to teach basic reading skills. Dr. Seuss helped millions of kids learn to read. I always loved to read Dr. Seuss books because they always were fun to read from the beginning to the end. If I Ran The Zoo brought back good memories and I had a blast reading the book again. The book is a tribute to the imagination of children the book ends with a reminder that all extraordinary creatures exist only in the head of Gerald McGrew. It is all about the imagination and how they use it. For example, in the book Gerald states: But if I ran the zoo, Said young Gerald McGrew, I¿d make a few changes. That¿s just what I¿d do¿ Gerald McGrew is a child who went to visit the zoo, but he found that the animals were not good enough. He said he would make changes if ran the zoo. He would bring animals from here and there, from up and down, and from anywhere. What type of animals does he bring to the zoo? What do the people think of his new zoo? Read the book to find out. If I Ran The Zoo is one of many picture books written by Theodor. He has created a character that is loved by every one of all generations. Dr. Seuss will keep helping children learn to read and is a hero himself. Reading level of the book is third grade, ninth month. Seuss, Dr. If I Ran The Zoo. New York: Random House, 1950.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much as a child that I had to buy it for my children. Very fun to read!