Gerald McBoing Boing

Gerald McBoing Boing


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Nearly 50 years ago, Theodor Geisel -- known to the world even then as Dr. Seuss -- met up with a friend who worked for a new animation studio called United Productions of America. "UPA has a fresh outlook," the friend said. Could Seuss write something new and different for them? Something that had a little more going for it than the usual cats chasing mice? "Just suppose," Seuss came back, "there was a little kid who didn't speak words but only weird sounds?" And that's how Gerald McBoing Boing came into being. Brought to life by UPA as an animated cartoon, it attracted legions of fans, rave reviews, and went on to win an Academy Award® in 1951. Available in book form only briefly at the time of the movie's release, here it is again -- unique, delectable, vintage Seuss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524716356
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 633,251
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About 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. To learn more about Dr. Seuss—and for fun games and activities—visit
MEL CRAWFOD was an artist who drew comics and illustrated books (including many Little Golden Books) featuring the world’s most famous cartoon characters, including the Flintstones, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Howdy Doody.

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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Gerald McBoing Boing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my 5 year old daughter loved this book and asked me to read this story to her again and again. we were on a trip weeks ago and we brought this book along with us. while we waited in airport and on the bus, we read this book together. my daughter was amused and really loves this one as other storybooks written by dr. seuss.
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Misconception of every difference as being 'bad' is one of the human traits that is most useful to eliminate as early as possible. Like the classic tale of 'The Ugly Duckling,' 'Gerald McBoing Boing' provides a wonderful paean to the beauty of differences. Emotionally, Gerald is taken through a course of being first puzzled by everyone's reactions to him, then feeling rejected, then ostracized, then wanted, and finally craved like a pop idol. Gerald is unable to speak. Instead, he can make all kinds of weird noises. His first one is 'boing boing.' Later he adds 'boom!' and 'skeek!' and 'clang clang clang.' These noises create negative reactions in all those around him until he finds his place as a source of sounds for radio shows. He can do a terrific 'clop-clop, bang!' (a cowboy on a horse, who shoots his gun). 'Now Gerald is rich, he has friends, he's well fed 'Cause he doesn't speak words, he goes BOING BOING instead!' As you can see, the rhymes are typical Dr. Seuss. Children are hyper-sensitive to any differences they notice in themselves, and are inclined to think of these differences as deficiencies rather than as unique and positive aspects of themselves. This story gives you a chance to reinforce the specialness of your child and to celebrate her or his differences, and help him or her to do the same for other children and adults. All of the most successful children's books mostly operate from the child's perspective. Gerald McBoing Boing is no exception. Your heart will ache for this poor child as his parents are baffled, his doctor stumped, his teacher nonplused, and children avoid him. When Gerald runs away from home, you will feel leaden and heart-sick. Then what a wonderful release you'll feel when the radio station owner hires Gerald, and puts him on the road to stardom and significance. The design of this book deserves positive comment. Each sound is typeset in a different style, size, and color. They evoke the sound that they portray. Nicely done, indeed! The drawings are not done by Dr. Seuss, but are adapted from the Academy award winning cartoon movie by Mel Crawford. The style is straight from the Jetsons, and captures the world in 1950 (both in images and colors) in a way that will bring out nostalgia for all of those who remember those golden last years of radio's dominance. After you have finished enjoying this story with your child, I suggest that you ask your child if she or he is different in any way. Then ask how that difference is an advantage. The answers your child comes up with can be happily agreed to by you, and you'll both take joy in their discovery. Find the beauty and advantages in differences, wherever you find them! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all-time favorite kid stories. The tale is one of a boy who, at the age of two, doesn't learn to speak words. He goes Boing,Boing,instead. The book follows the young life of Gerald as he overcomes the criticism of his family, friends,and school teacher, to become a successful person. Proving that, no matter what shortcomings one has to overcome, Everyone has a talent, and all we need to do is be true to ourself. The illustrations by Mel Crawford are classic 50's pictures. Great for inspiring colorful sweeping scenes in young imaginations. The story itself is written in the flowing Dr. Suess prose. When read, it almost comes off like a poem. It reads in about 15 min. And with good humor and a little irony, it makes for a perfect bedtime story. Thanks to the Dr. Suess estate for reissuing this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, have a rather beat-up copy of the original Gerald McBoing Boing book. I read it to my children so many times that it is falling apart. But . . . I wish they'd bring back the cartoon. No amount of reading can do the story justice. I was in high school when the cartoon was first shown to the public, and my friends and I loved it! They really should consider putting it out on video!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a 78rpm record that is the absolute original Gerald McBoing-Boing. It was read by 'The Great Gildersleeve' of vintage radio fame. The animated cartoon and the book are very worth having, especially if you are a Dr. Seuss fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We are SO excited that Gerald McBoing Boing has been reprinted. It is such a neat book. It has cool art and the story line is one that any child can relate to. We have a fragile old copy from my husband's childhood. He and all of his older siblings LOVED this book and we are SO Happy that we can share a new copy of it with our children and they can actually handle it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About a year ago, I went into the library with a book on my mind to search for. I couldn't find it in the computer catalog, so I asked the librarian. She couldn't find it either, so she looked up in 'Books in Print'. No luck, apparently, it doesn't exist any more, though she did find a brief reference to a film of the same name. Gerald McBoing Boing. And now I just got an e-mail from BN and there it is! Yay! I'm buying two copies - one for home and one for our public library! Thank you!